Little Rock Truck Accident Lawyers
Experienced 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 truck 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.
How can we help
- How can a Little Rock truck accident lawyer help my injury case?
- What types of truck accidents do you handle?
- Why are trucking accidents a serious issue?
- What are the causes of truck accidents in Little Rock?
- What types of mechanical problems cause truck accidents in Little Rock?
- What types of injuries do truck accidents in Little Rock cause?
- What is my truck accident injury case worth?
- Do you have a Little Rock truck accident lawyer near me?
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 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 just compensation for your injuries and other losses.
What types of truck accidents do you handle?
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/wide-turn crashes
- Underride accidents
- Rear-end truck crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Broadside or T-bone crashes
Why are trucking accidents a serious issue?
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 work for companies that place tremendous demands on them to get their loads to their destinations 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.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2020, nearly 5,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
Truck accidents are usually more serious than car accidents due to the large dimensions and excessive weight of trucks. When trucks and smaller vehicles such as cars and motorcycles collide, the smaller vehicles absorb the brunt of the collision.
What are the causes of truck accidents in Little Rock?
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
- Failure to regularly inspect the truck
The dangers of drowsy driving are so common in the trucking industry, that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created “hours of service” rules that regulate how many hours a commercial truck driver can drive without taking rests.
What types of mechanical problems cause truck accidents in Little Rock?
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 a safe condition. It can be traced back to the manufacturer if the part itself left the factory in defective condition. 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.
What types of injuries do truck accidents in Little Rock cause?
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 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 was moving at the time of impact combined with 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 trauma that will affect the rest of their life.
- Traumatic amputation/loss of limb causes scarring and disfigurement. Victims, with medical help, may be able to use a prosthesis. Most victims need psychological help to cope with their changed appearance.
- 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.
- Burn injuries can occur if there is a fuel leak that combusts causing a fire in the wreckage.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- Property damage
- Other losses
We file wrongful death claims if a loved one died in a commercial truck accident in Arkansas.
Do you have a Little Rock truck accident lawyer near me?
Bailey & Greer, PLLC is in Little Rock at 415 N McKinley Suite #250-J. Our office is just a five-minute walk from Little Rock Zoo by the Park Plaza Mall. We represent truck accident victims and families throughout Arkansas. Rest assured, however, that if you are critically injured and unable to come to Little Rock, we will travel to visit you in the hospital or rehabilitation center. We also offer virtual conferences and telephone consultations.
We’ll guide you through each phase of the claims process. We have a strong record of successfully settling claims and obtaining verdicts in personal injury cases.
Find out why those injured in truck accidents turn to Bailey & Greer
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. Our Little Rock truck accident lawyers are respected throughout Arkansas. Please call us or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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415 N McKinley Suite #250-J, Little Rock, AR 72205