If you've been seriously injured in a commercial trucking accident in Arkansas, your life will never be the same. Even if you recover physically, the emotional and financial chaos of that collision could have a long-lasting impact that will haunt you for the rest of your life. The worst part is that the accident wasn't even your fault.
But you're not just a statistic. You're not a number on some fact sheet. You are a mother, a father, a son, a sister, a caregiver, a friend—you're a valuable human being and should be treated like one. That's why you need an experienced Arkansas truck accident attorney to help you stand up for your rights as a victim. Even if the justice system fails you and the truck driver that hurt you gets away without any jail time, you can seek financial compensation for the injuries, emotional trauma, and financial impact your accident has caused in a variety of ways.
With over a decade of experience successfully negotiating sizeable insurance settlements, winning verdicts in tough cases, and helping victims of trucking accidents across Arkansas (from Little Rock to Fayetteville and beyond) Paul Pfeifer and his team of legal experts are here for you.Trucking Accidents in Arkansas Are Not the Victim's Fault
Trucking accidents in Arkansas have become an epidemic in our state. These 18-wheelers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and are often clocked doing well over the posted speed limit on highways and even surface streets in busy cities like Little Rock. Indeed, there are roughly 80 fatal accidents in Arkansas involving big commercial trucks annually—almost 11% of all deadly crashes.
With thousands of these massive vehicles speeding down heavily trafficked corridors like I-40, I-49, and I-540, it's only a matter of time before another trucker crashes and causes a serious, debilitating, or even fatal big truck accident in Arkansas.
But victims and their family members can get the assistance they need after a traumatic crash. If you've been seriously injured in an accident involving an 18 wheeler in Arkansas, you may be able to hold the driver (and perhaps even the company they were trucking for) financially liable for your injuries and losses even if no criminal charges are filed in the case. Contact our dedicated Little Rock truck accident lawyer, Paul Pfeifer for help.Rates of Truck Accidents in Arkansas Keep Climbing
Big trucks are what keep the commerce of the nation running. Unfortunately, with increased pressure on these drivers (and the companies they work for) the incentive to "bend" or even break traffic laws in Arkansas is always increasing. Indeed, two of the top causes of commercial truck accidents in Arkansas can be directly related to financial pressure placed on the drivers:Driver Fatigue
Driver fatigue happens when companies push their drivers (either intentionally or unintentionally) to drive even when they've spent too many hours on the road. While advances in technology (including computerized engine shutoff systems) have made it more difficult for drivers to "cheat" and exceed the legally mandated limit on hours behind the wheel, it's not uncommon to find drivers tampering with these machines or—if they still keep paper logs—keeping a second set of books with false information in it.
When drivers get tired:
- Their reaction time is decreased
- They are more apt to do something risky or reckless
- They often lapse into "micro-sleep" during which they're actually unconscious for seconds at a time
When you're controlling a multi-ton big rig on a crowded highway outside Little Rock or Fayetteville, the last thing you can afford is to be drowsy.Speeding
Speeding and other reckless behaviors (like cutting drivers off, weaving through traffic, and even making wrong-way turns) also increase when drivers are pressured to roll over an ever-increasing amount of miles per day. Indeed, in 2017 speeding contributed to over ¼ of all fatal accidents in the United States. However, speeding contributed to almost 1/3 of all fatal truck accidents across the country.
And, to make accidents even worse, the severity of a crash is multiplied many times over when vehicles collide at speeds well over the posted limit.
While laws exist to punish commercial drivers who speed (including suspension or permanent revocation of their licenses), speeding still remains one of the top citations issued to commercial truck drivers here in Arkansas.Going Beyond Insurance Claims
Paul Pfeifer is an experienced Arkansas trucking accident attorney who is not only licensed to practice law in every state and federal court in Arkansas, but a lawyer who has successfully tried numerous cases before juries on behalf of the victims of personal injury accidents in Arkansas. And with the Pfeifer Law Firm, your needs always come first.
Trucking companies get to work immediately after a crash to start collecting evidence to build their case against an injured party, so it’s important that if you’ve been injured from an accident with an 18 wheeler or big trucking company, that you have an advocate on your side. Pfeifer Law Firm and its legal expert team can help. We are so confident in our representation of trucking accident victims that if we don’t recover money for you, you won’t pay us anything.
It's important to find the best personal injury attorney for you. Contact us online or call the Pfeifer Law Firm at 501-374-4440 for a free, no-pressure consultation today. Weekend and after-hours appointments are available upon request.