According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were about 114,000 crashes involving large trucks in the United States in 2019, causing 158,000 injuries and 5,244 fatalities. Accidents involving 18-wheelers, commercial trucks, and semi-truck are often devastating and may result in severe injuries, fatalities, and loss of property. If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident caused by another person's negligence, you may be entitled to hold the liable party accountable for your injuries and seek fair compensation.
At Cortinez Law Firm, our attorneys are ready to offer you and your loved ones the support and compassionate representation you need following such a painful and emotional experience. As Arkansas personal injury attorneys with 30 years of experience, we will investigate the surrounding facts of your personal situation and explore your possible options to pursue damages. Our team will fight diligently to protect your rights and help you seek deserved compensation to cover your injuries, damages, loss of consortium, and any additional pain, discomfort, and suffering you have been through.
Cortinez Law Firm proudly serves truck accident victims across Little Rock, Arkansas, and the surrounding areas of Conway, Benton-Bryant, Cabot, and all of Central Arkansas.
Arkansas is an at-fault auto insurance state. Under the at-fault system, the party responsible for the truck accident will pay for medical bills, vehicle damages, and other accident-related losses suffered by the accident victims.
If you're the victim of a truck accident in Arkansas, you can proceed by:
Filing an injury claim with your own insurance company
Filing a third-party claim directly with the insurance provider of the at-fault party
Filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court against the at-fault party
If a loved one was incapacitated after a truck accident, you must first establish guardianship to recover damages on their behalf. After the Arkansas court confirms you as the legal guardian of the incapacitated person, you can file personal injury claims on the victim's behalf.
If a victim died from a truck accident, the decedent's "heirs at law" can file a wrongful death claim in Arkansas civil courts. The following individuals may be eligible heirs:
The decedent's surviving spouse, parents, children, or siblings
A person standing "in loco parentis" – acting in the place of a parent, for instance, a legal guardian
A person to whom the decedent stood "in loco parentis" while they were alive
An experienced personal injury attorney can review your unique situation and explore your possible options to recover damages.
Truck accidents are unique compared to other types of accidents. Depending on the surrounding circumstances resulting in the accident, a number of different parties may possibly be held liable for a truck accident. These include:
The truck driver
The trucking company
The truck manufacturer
Maintenance personnel or company
Parts and equipment manufacturers
The persons who loaded or shipped the cargo
Government agencies who failed to carry out routine maintenance of the road
A skilled attorney can investigate every last detail of your personal situation and determine the party or parties that should be held accountable.
The following damages may be recovered from your truck accident claims:
Medical bills, including ongoing medical treatment
Lost wages and benefits
Compensation for other actual and tangible losses
Pain and suffering
Punitive damages to further punish the wrongdoer for their conduct
For wrongful death claims, the following damages may be recovered:
Outstanding medical bills for treatment before the decedent's death
Funeral and burial costs
Loss of the decedent's financial support
Emotional suffering, grief, and despair associated with the death
Loss of care, services, and companionship the deceased would have provided to the surviving spouse
Loss of training, education, or guidance the deceased might have provided his or her children
A knowledgeable Arkansas personal injury attorney can fight compassionately to protect your legal rights and help recover your deserved compensation.
Getting injured in a truck accident can be emotional and unsettling. Such a devastating incident may hinder you from working or even enjoying life. However, you don't have to suffer the financial liability and pain all by yourself. Act quickly to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to advocate for your legal rights and help you seek the financial justice you deserve.
At Cortinez Law Firm, we have the resources and experience to guide, support, and represent clients in their truck accident claims. Using our knowledge of the laws addressing liability in truck accidents and wrongful death cases, we can help guide you through the often complex legal proceedings. Don't leave your fate in the hands of insurance providers and claims adjusters who wouldn't protect your best interests. Let our dedicated team fight compassionately on your behalf and pursue your rightful financial compensation.
If you or someone close to you was hurt in a negligent truck accident, you may recover damages. Contact Cortinez Law Firm today to schedule a simple case evaluation. Our experienced attorneys can fight vigorously to protect your legal rights and offer you the comprehensive legal guidance and strong representation you need in your truck accident claims. We are proud to represent clients across Little Rock, Arkansas, and the surrounding areas of Conway, Benton-Bryant, Cabot, and all of Central Arkansas.