The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2018, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 516 people in Arkansas were killed in car accidents. More than half of those accidents occurred in rural areas. In addition to those killed, thousands were injured, many of them were injured so severely their lives will never be the same. If you are seriously injured in a car accident, you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
According to Arkansas law, in order to collect damages, you must prove the accident was the other driver’s fault. In many situations, the insurance company for the other driver will try to prove you were at least partially at fault. If you are found to be 49 percent at fault, you will not be able to collect for your injuries.
An experienced personal injury lawyer like those you will find at Elliott & Smith will know how to thoroughly investigate the case in order to prove fault and defend you against allegations that the accident was your fault.
Almost all car accidents are due to human error. Some of the most common causes are:
Distracted driving. There are many ways drivers become distracted. They text, talk on the phone, have conversations with their passengers, deal with children’s issues, eat, comb their hair, put on make-up, the list could go on and on.
Damages Available to Those Injured in Car Accidents
Collecting “damages” means you are compensated for losses you suffered due to the accident. Some examples of damages available to you include:
If someone you love was killed and you file a wrongful death suit, your Northwest Arkansas accident lawyer will discuss with you the damages available in that situation.
If you were injured in a car accident, or someone you love was killed, contact us at our Elliott & Smith Law Firm for a free consultation. We have more than 100 years of combined experience in helping people collect the damages to which they are legally entitled. We are open during the COVID-19 Pandemic and can arrange for phone consultations.