According to the Insurance Information Institute, Arkansas has over 500 fatal car accidents every year. Many more accidents result in serious injuries for victims who suffer physical and psychological trauma because of someone else’s negligence.
If you suffered any injuries, damages, or losses following a car accident, learn how an Arkansas car accident lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you determine your next steps and ensure your legal rights remain protected. Call us today at (800) 794-0444 for a free case review with a team member.
Types of Car Accidents
Every accident will have its own set of facts and circumstances that often will require an investigation to determine liability and responsibility. However, some of the more common types of car accidents include the following.
Rear-end accidents typically occur when one driver follows too closely behind the vehicle ahead of them. When the first vehicle stops suddenly or unexpectedly, the vehicle behind them collides with them. While some rear-end collisions are minor, these types of accidents can result in serious injuries or even death in many cases.
A sideswipe accident is one where the side of one car hits the side of another vehicle. These types of accidents often occur when one driver attempts to change lanes without adequately examining or monitoring the circumstances occurring outside of their car. Failing to check blind spots is a common cause for sideswiping accidents. However, in many cases, sideswiping accidents often become the catalyst to multiple car pileups.
If one vehicle hits another perpendicularly, this type of accident has several names—a T-bone accident, side-impact collision, or broadside collision. These accidents often occur when one driver fails to stop at an intersection when they do not have the right of way. As a result, the vehicle perpendicularly crashes into another vehicle traveling through the intersection.
Head-on collisions often cause the highest number of severe injuries and fatalities, as they typically involve two cars impacting each other at high rates of speed. In some cases, victims find themselves ejected from their vehicles due to the force of the crash.
Multiple Car Pileups
Multiple car pileups are some of the most catastrophic on the roadways, causing severe injuries and fatalities. In most cases, the first accident causes a domino effect of other accidents either around or behind the initial collision. In some cases, these additional accidents occur because vehicles cannot stop quickly enough to prevent further collisions.
Multiple car pileups often prove challenging for investigators, as these accidents technically involve several separate accidents occurring at once. Investigators must make determinations of liability for every collision and every injury that happens. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has experience dealing with multiple car accidents. Call us today to speak with a team member about your case.
Types of Compensation
Regardless of the type of accident you had, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses if they were the direct result of someone else’s negligence. There are several different types of compensation that a victim could receive for their damages following an accident. Some examples of compensation have further explanations below.
Many car accident victims suffer physical or psychological injuries that require medical attention. If you experienced any injuries because of a car accident and have not already seen a doctor, you should make an appointment right away to document your harm. Additionally, if any of your injuries worsen or develop any new symptoms, you should seek additional medical care—even if you have already received an examination from a doctor.
Some types of compensation victims of a car accident might have a legal right to receive would include:
- Ambulance services
- Emergency room visits
- Medical procedures or treatments
- Doctor’s visits
- Mental health therapy
- Physical therapy
- Prescription or over-the-counter medications
- Medical devices
Loss of Wages
If you suffered injuries following an automobile accident, you might have lost wages because of your inability to return to work. However, lost wages do not just reflect the amount of your paycheck. You could also recover an award for lost bonuses, expected promotions, employee benefits, retirement contributions, and other types of compensation such as vacation or sick pay accrual that you would have received if you had not spent time at home recovering from injuries suffered in a car accident.
Most car accidents result in property damages. A car accident victim will have to either replace or repair their vehicle and any other damaged personal effects. Visiting with an Arkansas car accident lawyer can help you determine everything you could claim compensation after your accident.
Pain and Suffering
If you suffered any injuries resulting from a car accident, you likely suffer from physical pain or mental suffering as well. You have a legal right to pursue compensation for pain and suffering following an accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence. The calculations for pain and suffering can prove challenging and legally complex. An Arkansas car accident lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and valuate your pain and suffering to prepare for negotiations with an insurance adjuster.
Learn How an Arkansas Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
A.C.A. § 16-56-105 allows a victim three years from the accident date to file a claim in court. Failing to file a claim by this deadline (also known as the statute of limitations) will likely result in the victim losing their right to pursue compensation for their injuries and losses resulting from their accident.
You might want to learn how an Arkansas car accident lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you understand your rights and the steps you need to take following your car accident. We will fight to protect your legal rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (800) 794-0444 to speak with a team member about your case.