A motor vehicle accident can alter your life in mere seconds. A crash that results in severe or catastrophic injuries could deprive the victims of the ability to support themselves and their loved ones and enjoy life as they did before the accident.
If this has happened to you or someone close to you, reach out to an experienced Little Rock car accident attorney
who can talk you through the process and explain your rights. You are entitled to recover from the negligent driver's insurance company. An experienced Arkansas car wreck attorney can help you hold the responsible party accountable and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Paul Pfeifer is an Arkansas native who’s dedicated his career to providing high-quality legal representation to injury victims. He is certified to practice in front of every state and federal court in Arkansas, as well as the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Pfeifer Law Firm is also proud to have received an AV Preeminent rating
– the highest rating possible from the legal ratings agency Martindale-Hubbell.
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What Causes Catastrophic Car Accidents?
There are many ways a catastrophic car accident can occur, but there are a few patterns when it comes to the most damaging collisions. Some common causes of catastrophic car accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Drivers being impaired by alcohol
- Drivers being impaired by drugs, including some prescription medications
- Distracted driving (sending or reading a text message, making a phone call, eating or drinking while driving, rubbernecking, daydreaming, adjusting the music, using a navigation device, etc.)
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Drivers not being careful while merging or changing lanes
- Mechanical issues with a vehicle
- Bad weather
- Poor road conditions
Common Injuries From Catastrophic Car Accidents
The injuries a victim suffers in a car accident will depend on a number of factors: The speed at which the vehicles collide, the point of impact on the vehicles, whether one or more vehicles are pushed off the road, etc. The harder and faster the vehicles collide, the greater chance there is of severe injuries among the drivers and passengers. Some of the most common injuries resulting from catastrophic car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Damage to the spinal cord, including partial or full paralysis
- Neck and back injuries
- Facial scarring and disfigurement
- Internal injuries (damage to internal organs, muscles, tendons, and ligaments)
- Bone breaks and fractures
- Severe lacerations
- Severe scarring and disfigurement
How Fault Is Determined in Catastrophic Car Accidents
Arkansas is an at-fault state when it comes to injury accidents. This means that you have the right to file an injury claim against another driver if their recklessness or carelessness caused a crash.
Arkansas uses a legal doctrine known as “comparative negligence” to determine fault and award compensation in car accident cases. Basically, this means that any compensation is awarded based on how much responsibility each party bears for causing the crash.
Let’s use a practical example. Say you’re struck in a head-on collision by a drunk driver, but you didn’t have your headlights on. You file a lawsuit against the drunk driver for $100,000 in compensation. Once your case has been heard, the judge finds that you were 20 percent responsible for causing the crash. This means that your compensation would be reduced by 20 percent. In this example, 20 percent is $20,000, so you may be awarded $80,000 in compensation.
The more evidence you have when you file your claim or lawsuit, the better chance you have at recovering the full amount of compensation you ask for. Some of the evidence that’s used in these kinds of claims includes:
- Police reports
- Medical records
- Video or photos from traffic cameras
- Witness testimony
- Reports from forensic crash analysis investigators
Compensation in Catastrophic Car Accidents
Arkansas law allows the victims of catastrophic car accidents to pursue compensation for a wide range of economic and non-economic losses. These include:
- Your past medical bills (prescription drugs, doctor’s visits, hospital stays, surgical procedures, lab work, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, etc.)
- The cost of any future medical care you might need
- The cost of rehabilitation services
- Any missed wages as a result of your injuries
- Your reduced ability to earn a living in the future if your injuries resulted in some kind of disability
- The physical pain and suffering you’ve endured because of your injuries
- The mental and emotional anguish you’ve suffered due to your injuries
To make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries, you’ll want to have as much evidence as possible. You’ll want to keep all of your medical records and receipts, any wage statements you have, and keep a daily pain journal to document how your injuries impact your daily life.
How We Can Help You With Your Catastrophic Car Accident Case
If you’ve been in a catastrophic car accident, you need to focus on recovering from your injuries. To give yourself the best chance at a successful injury claim, you'll want to have an experienced injury attorney on your side. That way you can focus on what's most important – your recovery. While you are recovering from your injuries, your attorney will be at work collecting and preserving crucial evidence needed to prove your claim.
A skilled car accident attorney will seek full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses from the at-fault party. Although most cases settle out of court, your lawyer will be preparing your case to go to trial, in the event that the insurance company of the at-fault party fails to offer you the settlement you deserve.
Not every lawyer has the right experience, skill, and resources to handle your case. With so much on the line, be sure to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your rights and legal options.
Contact a Little Rock Catastrophic Car Accident Attorney Today
If you've suffered catastrophic injuries in a car accident in Little Rock, contact the Pfeifer Law Firm right away for help. You won’t owe us any fees unless we collect compensation on your behalf. We’ll fight aggressively on your behalf and will help you get the justice you deserve. To schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case, call our office today at 501-374-4440, chat with us live, or fill out a contact form today.