Little Rock Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers
Experienced truck accident attorneys fighting for the rights of those injured in commercial trucking crashes throughout Arkansas
Tractor trailers, tankers, 18-wheelers and every other type of large commercial trucks are constantly rumbling down the highways of Arkansas as they play their pivotal role in keeping goods flowing through the economy. But when these large trucks cause crashes with smaller passenger vehicles, or when truck drivers are injured in crashes caused by defective trucking equipment, those at fault in causing the crash must be held accountable.
At the Little Rock personal injury law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we are dedicated to putting clients first. We hold accountable those who are responsible for causing your injuries, and we fight for fair compensation for you. We offer a free consultation where you can discuss your case with an experienced Little Rock truck accident lawyer. We take injury cases on contingency, so you will never pay attorney fees until we recover compensation for you.
Causes of truck accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the most common cause of any type of motor vehicle crash is driver error, which can take many different forms such as:
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Improper cargo loading/unbalanced load
- Poor weather such as heavy rain, sleet snow, ice and fog, sand and windstorms
Truck accidents caused by mechanical problems
Other causes of truck accidents that are not directly caused by human error include:
- Defective brakes
- Defective steering systems
- Defective tires
- Defective headlights or taillights
- Transmission failure
Mechanical equipment failure can still be traced back to negligence on the part of the trucking company due to their failure to properly maintain the equipment in safe condition, it can be traced back to the manufacturer if the part itself left the manufacturer in defective condition, and in some cases, the mechanic or maintenance vendor who installed the parts might also be held liable in the event of a crash caused by defective or malfunctioning equipment.
Types of truck accidents
While large commercial trucks are an essential component of our thriving economy, they can be a menace on our nation’s highways because of their massive size in comparison to passenger vehicles. Truck drivers are professionals. Truck drivers work for companies that place tremendous demands on them to get their load to the destination as quickly as possible. Because driving a truck is grueling and exhausting, and often boring, truck drivers are not always as safe as they could be when they are barreling down the highway trying to meet an unreasonable deadline.
Because of the difference in size between a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck, when there is a crash between a large truck and a passenger vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic and all too often fatal. The following are some examples of different types of truck accidents:
- Rollover accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Rear-end crashes
- Blind spot/No zone truck crashes
- Swinging turn crashes
- Rear-end truck crashes
- Underride accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Broadside or T-bone crashes
Examples of truck accident injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that about 116,000 people were injured in truck accidents in 2015. While large commercial truck accounted for only 4 percent of all registered vehicle sin the United States, they accounted for about 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes. The following are some examples of the types of injuries a person might sustain in a truck accident:
- Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by the g-forces that are created from the rapid acceleration or deceleration in a truck accident. The faster the vehicle were moving at the time of impact, and the sheer size of a big truck can create a massive impact that causes serious injuries or death. A person who has sustained a catastrophic brain injury in a truck accident might suffer from injuries that will affect the rest of their lives.
- Back, neck and shoulder injuries from the crash can cause severe injuries and disability which keeps the injured person from being able to function and work the way that they used to.
- Internal organ damage from the trauma of the crash can leave a person with a lacerated liver, punctured spleen, bruised or damaged kidneys which can cause internal bleeding, infection and death.
- Spinal cord injuries that can cause paralysis are caused by the blunt force trauma of a truck accident. A spinal cord injury can be incomplete leaving the victim with some residual movement and sensation, or it can be complete causing total paralysis beneath the point of injury.
- Cuts and lacerations from broken glass and shards of metal from the crash can cause serious injuries.
- Broken bones such as shoulders, ribs, arms, wrists, knees, ankles and feet are injuries that can occur in a truck accident.
- Burn injuries can occur if there is a fuel leak that combusts causing a fire in the wreckage.
- Wrongful death. That some truck accidents are deadly will come as no surprise. Our compassionate Little Rock wrongful death lawyers are here to fight for justice when you have lost a loved one in a truck crash.
What is my truck accident injury case worth?
If you are successful in proving the liability of the party who caused your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and your financial damages. Many new clients ask in their initial consultation how much money they can get for their injury case. The trucking company, or another at-fault party’s insurance company may come up with an initial lowball offer to settle the case quickly, but we know the value of waiting until your injuries are resolved so that we can have a clear understanding of how they will impact your life and your ability to work in the long term.
There are several types of damages that you may receive if your case is successful including:
- Medical expenses for past, present and future care related to your injury.
- Lost wages to cover the time you have missed at work receiving medical care, resting and recovering from your injuries.
- Disability for permanent injuries that prevent you from working.
- Diminished earning capacity for permanent injuries that cause you to take on lower paying work because of your injuries.
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
- Other losses
How can a Little Rock truck accident lawyer help my injury case?
Before you can recover compensation when you have been injured in a truck accident because of negligence, you will be required to prove how the party that caused the caused the crash is liable for your injuries. A commercial truck is part of a business, and as such, it has several insurance policies to protect itself from all manner of mishaps and accidents. Unless the truck driver is an owner operator, he or she is an employee of a trucking company, which is responsible for the actions of their employees when they are on the clock. So, in some cases, employers can be held liable for trucking accidents caused by their employee’s negligence.
If the truck accident was caused by defective automotive parts such as failed brakes or malfunctioning steering systems, you may be able to hold the manufacturer of those parts liable for your injuries as well. But how would you know the cause of the crash, and all the parties you could include in your claim without having conducted a thorough investigation? Our experienced Little Rock truck accident lawyers are thoroughly familiar with all the intricacies involved in pursuing a truck accident case. We know how to handle the aggressive insurance company lawyers who are committed to making sure that you receive as little as possible if anything. Our lawyers are committed to fighting for your right to recover fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Find out why those injured in truck accidents turn to Bailey & Greer to represent them
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a truck accident, you are going to require the services of an experienced attorney. You will find that at Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we put our clients’ needs first. We will not back down, and we fight for a fair settlement for you. You are welcome to call 501-213-1512 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.