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Arkansas Trucking Injury Lawyers

LEGAL HELP FOR ARKANSAS TRUCKING ACCIDENT INJURY VICTIMS

Arkansas is nicknamed the Natural State for a reason. The state is covered in a diverse geography, from the Ozark Mountains to the lowlands along the Mississippi River to the east. The state’s economy is buoyed by several large, global companies that are headquartered there, notably Wal-Mart and Tyson Foods. The economy, as diverse as its landscape, relies heavily on the transportation of goods via the trucking industry.

Unfortunately, Arkansas is like many other states that experience too many trucking accidents. In 2014, Arkansas had a total of 78 deaths in crashes involving a large truck. Nationally, an estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving a semi-truck that same year. Sadly these accidents are oftentimes preventable and completely avoidable.

When a tragedy like a trucking accident occurs, we understand how difficult your life can be made. Serious injuries or loss of life can put you and your family in a financial bind. Thomas J. Henry can advance your court costs and litigation expenses, advance you money for living and medical expenses, and charge you nothing unless we win your case.

To win your case, you need a personal injury law firm that will serve your every need and provide the financial and legal resources necessary to deliver you the compensation you deserve for your trucking injury. Arkansas trucking accident victims can rest assured that Thomas J. Henry will fight tirelessly on their behalf. Thomas J. Henry’s reputation of winning record-breaking verdicts and settlements comes from a record of success spanning more than two decades. When it comes to hiring an attorney for your personal injury case, your choice matters.

THE LEGAL RESOURCES NEEDED TO WIN YOUR ARKANSAS TRUCKING ACCIDENT CASE

From intake to resolution, Thomas J. Henry has the legal resources and experience to ensure your trucking accident case is handled efficiently and effectively. We put our clients first, and maximizing their recovery potential is important to us. Clients are informed of their case’s status every step of the way.

  • Technology
    • Providing our clients with dynamic representation is our goal. To do this, we implement state-of-the art case management, client interaction, and information security technologies. From our first meeting, your case profile will be created and made active in our computer system. At this point, our experienced trucking accident lawyers can access your files from anywhere in the world at any time. At the click of a mouse, our attorneys can keep you informed and comfortable throughout the entirety of your case.
  • Mobility
    • Our experienced Arkansas trucking accident lawyer are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your case and to answer your concerns. Our attorneys are available from any part of the world, and because your case files are accessible remotely, attorneys can hold meetings, draft and review documents, and share your files at any time. Jet services, satellite technology, and cutting-edge mobile technologies help us provide efficient and effective representation for our clients. Don’t worry — if you cannot make it to our office, we can make it to wherever you reside in Arkansas.
  • Experts
    • Thomas J. Henry employs expert witnesses from across the country in every trucking accident case. Experts can provide invaluable reports and testimony to judges, attorneys, law firms, and insurance companies in Federal and State court trials and arbitration. Having the right experts and the best experts can prove to be vital in your case. Our firm ensures that the experts in your case have been through extensive examination and questioning before ever participating in any aspect of your case. Expert witnesses in a trucking accident case may include:
      • Medical doctors, physicians, and other medical professionals
      • Forensic engineers
      • Accident reconstruction experts
      • FMCSA compliance consultants
      • Hazardous materials experts

WHO CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR TRUCKING ACCIDENTS?

In every trucking accident case, it is crucial to know who to sue and where to sue. In Arkansas, several parties could potentially be accountable for a trucking accident, including:

  • A trucking company
  • A truck driver
  • Commercial motor vehicle manufacturers

Thomas J. Henry has the knowledge and expertise to make the right call. Over the past two decades, our firm has consistently demonstrated how truck drivers and trucking companies have caused severe injuries and deaths that were unnecessary due to their negligence. No matter which party we sue on your behalf, our experienced trucking injury attorneys will put you in the best position possible to achieve the compensation you deserve.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER A TRUCKING ACCIDENT?

After a truck accident, your safety and well-being are the most important things to address. Once ensuring that you and your passengers are safe, there are steps you can take to preserve your rights as a trucking accident victim. Semi-truck accidents can be extremely overwhelming, both physically and financially. That’s why your choice matter when it comes to hiring a trucking accident lawyer. Our team of experienced Arkansas trucking accident attorneys will advocate for your financial and physical well-being from the scene of the accident to the drop of the gavel.

If you have been in a trucking accident,

  • Stop immediately after the accident and assess your health and the health of your passengers.
  • Make the accident scene visible, if possible. Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights or set our road flares to signal to oncoming motorists.
  • Notify the police and file a report. Filing a police report is an important part of filing insurance claims. If there are any injuries from the accident, be sure a paramedic team responds to the scene.
  • Record accident facts to the police without speculating about facts surrounding the truck accident or your injuries. Take pictures of your vehicle, the semi-truck, your injuries, and other factors that could help your case.
  • Gather names and exchange information. If there were witnesses to the crash, make sure to get their contact information. Also, obtain the insurance information of everyone involved in the wreck.
  • Seek medical attention, even if you aren’t sure if you have been injured. Err on the side of caution and seek treatment from a medical professional. Some injuries and pain will not show up until days later.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company, keeping a log of any medical or vehicle-related expenses you incur as the claim is processed. Also, note any changes in your health during this time.
  • Contact an experienced Arkansas trucking accident attorney.

At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and legal resources needed to handle major trucking accidents. We know Arkansas, and we know the trucking industry. We have helped our clients take on the largest trucking companies in the world and obtain real results. Our attorneys are dedicated to developing your case properly and to its fullest. We are available whenever you have concerns or questions. Experienced truck accident lawyers will make sure you are informed and comfortable throughout the legal process.

WHAT CAUSES TRUCKING ACCIDENTS TO HAPPEN?

When commercial trucks fail to follow traffic laws, the resulting accidents oftentimes leave other motorists with catastrophic or fatal injuries. Common traffic violations turn deadly due to the size differential between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles. In the United States, commercial motor vehicles can weigh in excess of 80,000 lbs., or 40 tons. Typical passenger vehicles weigh approximately two tons.

Common violations that lead to trucking accidents in Arkansas include:

  • Improper loading
  • Speeding
    • One of the most common traffic violations, speeding was a contributing factor in at least 30 percent of annual fatal crash totals between 2003 and 2012.
  • Driving too fast for road conditions
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Improper lane changes
  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Following too closely
    • The average stopping distance for a loaded semi-truck traveling at 55 mph is 196 feet, compared with 133 feet for an automobile. Tailgating tractor-trailers can cause serious accidents.
  • Distracted driving
    • Commercial vehicle regulations ban drivers from using mobile devices while driving. The use of handheld phones is considered a serious traffic violation and could lead to the suspension of a driver’s CDL.
  • Driving while impaired

ECM AND GPS DEVICES: WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR TRUCKING ACCIDENT CASE

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Electronic Control Modules (ECM) are found in many 18-wheelers and other commercial motor vehicles regulated by the Department of Transportation. These devices track and record the movement of the vehicle, which can be potentially vital information when trying to prove liability and fault. GPS and ECM devices can also determine how fast a truck was traveling before an impact, the driving habits of an operator, and what routes the driver took prior to an accident.

Our Arkansas trucking accident attorneys will immediately file a lawsuit and restraining order to not only secure the data found on these devices but also every one of the driver’s required Federal Motor Carrier documents. The acquisition of this information can be crucial in achieving the compensation you deserve for you or your loved one’s injuries.

FEDERAL COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS HELP PREVENT TRUCKING ACCIDENTS

Trucking guidelines are in place to keep motorists safe on the roadways. Serious accidents and severe injuries occur when truck drivers and trucking companies fail to follow these guidelines, putting the lives of Arkansans in jeopardy. Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations contains all regulations concerning commercial motor vehicles and those who operate them.

All commercial motor vehicle drivers must obtain and hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Drivers with a CDL are held to higher standards and can lose certification by committing serious traffic offenses.

Here are a few important regulations that truck drivers must abide by in the United States:

  • Drivers must be 21 years of age or older to drive across state lines or operate a vehicle containing hazardous materials.
    • Intrastate (within Arkansas) truck drivers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • To be eligible for a CDL, drivers must have no prior disqualifying criminal offenses.
  • Prior to obtaining a CDL, drivers must test for and obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and hold it for 14 days.
  • In order to obtain a commercial learner’s permit, drivers must be cleared by a qualified medical examiner that they are physically able to operate a commercial vehicle.
  • For commercial motor vehicle operators, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is .04, compared to .08 for regular drivers.
  • Truck drivers are banned from using handheld mobile phones while driving. Trucking companies are prohibited from allowing or requiring drivers to use handheld devices while driving.
  • Drivers are prohibited from holding a CDL issued by more than one state or jurisdiction.

HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS

Drowsy driving leads to hundreds of fatalities on the roadways each year in the United States. The AAA Foundation conducted a study that found driving without sufficient sleep could be as harmful to one’s driving ability as alcohol consumption. Many serious trucking accidents are due to drivers attempting to drive without proper rest. The hours of service regulations are in place to ensure drivers are receiving sufficient amount of sleep before getting behind the wheel of a big rig.

Property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers,

  • 11-Hour Driving Limit: May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • 14-Hour Limit: May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.
  • 60/70-Hour On-Duty Limit: May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
  • Sleeper Berth Provision: Drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least eight consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate two consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.

For passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers,

  • 10-Hour Driving Limit: May drive a maximum of 10 hours after eight consecutive hours off duty.
  • 15-Hour On-Duty Limit: May not drive after having been on duty for 15 hours, following eight consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time is not included in the 15-hour period.
  • 60/70-Hour On-Duty Limit: May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.
  • Sleeper Berth Provision: Drivers using a sleeper berth must take at least 8 hours in the sleeper berth, and may split the sleeper-berth time into two periods provided neither is less than 2 hours.

ARKANSAS STATE TRUCKING REGULATIONS

In 2007, Act 997 amended Arkansas Code 27-51-1302, prohibiting drivers from parking on the shoulders, medians, and ramps of interstate and fully controlled access highways.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED ARKANSAS TRUCKING ACCIDENT AND INJURY ATTORNEY

Every year, more than 100,000 people are injured in crashes involving large trucks in the United States. Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys help trucking accident victims from across the nation obtain record-breaking verdicts and settlements. Our firm has handled some of the largest semi-truck accident cases in the United States over the past two decades, and our proven history of winning our clients the compensation they deserve is no accident.

Experience, legal resources, and expertise are necessary when taking on trucking companies. If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Arkansas, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced trucking injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, to evaluate your case.

Disclaimer: Any summary, description, or paraphrase of a regulatory requirement on this site is intended to provide general guidance only.  Please consult the text of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a full account of the applicable requirements.

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