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How Long Do I Have to File a Truck Accident Claim in Little Rock?

Published on Mar 4, 2019 at 3:39 pm in 18-Wheeler wreck.

Large commercial trucks are a common sight on highways. When they’re involved in accidents, the consequences can be severe. There’s a significant difference between a fender bender with a car and a high-speed accident with a big rig. Individuals who have been wrongfully injured in a truck accident may suffer from major, catastrophic injuries that will require intensive medical treatment and could prevent them from working for a long time.

At these times, filing a lawsuit against the negligent party or parties could be in the victim’s favor. All personal injury lawsuits are governed by strict timelines, known as statutes of limitations, that depict when a claim can be filed. Here’s everything you need to know about Little Rock statutes of limitations in a truck wreck lawsuit:

18 Wheeler Wrecks and Regulations

Published on Jul 21, 2016 at 7:54 pm in 18 Wheeler, 18-Wheeler wreck, Car Wrecks, Careless Driving, Negligence, Tractor Trailer, Uncategorized, Wrongful Death.

We have blogged before about the challenges of handling a wreck involving an 18 wheeler. If you are involved in a serious wreck with an 18 Wheeler, be aware that it is very likely they will have experts, including accident reconstructionists, on the scene within hours. You should not delay in seeking help. You need someone preserving evidence on your behalf and making sure that everyone involved will be treated fairly and justly.

Most 18 Wheelers have downloadable data in them that should be preserved after a significant wreck. The data can show braking, speed, rpms, steering input and numerous other pre-crash items important to reconstructing what happened. This information needs to be preserved for all parties involved.

What Is A Contingency Fee?

Published on Feb 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm in 18-Wheeler wreck, Brain Injuries, Car Insurance, Car Wrecks, Consumer Awareness, Wrongful Death.

A contingency fee is a fee charged by an attorney to a client contingent upon the outcome of the matter.  Contingent fees in personal injury and wrongful death cases are allowed in Arkansas if the agreement is in writing and states the method for computing the fee, including the percentage of the fee and how costs will be handled.  See Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct 1.5(c).

McMath Woods has served injured Arkansans since 1953.  Over the past sixty-three years, we’ve handled many personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingent basis.  If you or a loved one has been injured and you need to hire an Arkansas lawyer on a contingency fee, please feel free to give us a call at McMath Woods.  

Traffic Deaths on the Rise in Arkansas

Published on Aug 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm in 18-Wheeler wreck, Car Wrecks, Wrongful Death.

Traffic related deaths are on the rise in Arkansas and nationally. It is shaping up to be the deadliest year on our roads since 2007. Arkansas has had 240 traffic related deaths for the first six months of this year. For the same period in 2014, there were only 211 deaths. Traffic fatalities are up 14% in Arkansas and nationally according to reporting for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. These figures just serve as a reminder that all of us need to stay alert when we drive. Put the smart phones down. It is extremely dangerous to drive and text or engage in any distracted driving. Texting while driving is illegal in Arkansas. McMath Woods wants everyone to be safe out there.

Car Wrecks, 18 Wheeler Wrecks and Event Data Recorders

Published on Jan 19, 2015 at 5:07 pm in 18-Wheeler wreck, car accident, car wreck, EDR, event data recorder, Uncategorized.

Many times in big car wrecks, particularly wrecks with 18-Wheelers, there can be disputes over how the wreck occurred. Who was speeding, who veered into which lane of traffic, who made first contact, or who was distracted are all questions that can arise. Most newer vehicles, and almost all 18 Wheelers, are now equipped with event data recorders, referred to many times as an EDR. It can be very important to secure the information from the event data recorder or at least to make sure that it is preserved. If you delay seeking such information, it can be destroyed or disappear when a totaled car or 18 wheeler is salvaged or sold. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has set some guidelines as to what EDR’s are supposed to record. Arkansas Law prohibits release of the EDR data without consent of the driver or without a court order in many circumstances. See Arkansas Code Annotated Sec. 23-112-107. McMath Woods, in certain cases and particularly in cases involving 18 wheelers, will send letters asking that the driver or owner preserve the EDR data in case of future litigation or will seek retrieval of the data in compliance with Arkansas law so that evidence helpful to determining fault is not lost. Keep in mind that retrieval or preservation of EDR data is time sensitive and you or your lawyers need to act quickly to insure the data is not lost when it is needed to prove fault or facts important to your case.

In a Car Wreck? What to do (or at least consider)

Published on Jan 2, 2015 at 9:06 pm in 18-Wheeler wreck, Auto Insurance, car accident, car wreck, Uncategorized.

Injured in a car wreck? Suggestions on what to do and when to do it are below. These suggestions or tips are designed to apply to your typical car wreck.  Other blog posts note that wrecks involving 18 wheelers or other commercial vehicles can be different and more complicated.  You may need to consider hiring a lawyer almost immediately in those instances involving significant injury or property damage, particularly when an 18 Wheeler and/or other commercial vehicle are involved.  Also, keep in mind that many vehicles now have downloadable data recorders in them that can reveal speed, hard breaking events, air bag activation, and seat belt usage.  This data can become very important at times in cases where both sides are claiming fault on each other or in cases where there are no witnesses besides the parties involved.  To preserve this data, you may need the help of a lawyer.

What to do at the scene of the wreck:

1) Call the police. Whether you’re injured or not you need to call the police to make a record of the collision.
2) Do not move your vehicle until instructed by the police to do so. Police officers use the location of the vehicles and vehicle debris to make determinations of fault.

18 Wheeler Wrecks and Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle

Published on Dec 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm in 18-Wheeler wreck, Commercial Motor Vehicle, Drowsy Driving, Uncategorized.

Recently there has been much talk and “traffic” about hours of service regulations for 18 Wheelers. Hours of service regulations define how much a driver can drive during certain periods of time and apply to Commercial Motor Vehicles. An important first question is what qualifies as a Commercial Motor Vehicle for purposes of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Hour of Service Rules. 18 Wheelers typically do of course, but other vehicles qualify also. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defines Commercial Motor Vehicle on its website as in general “a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and weighs more than 10,001 pounds.” There are other vehicles that can qualify as a CMV including, but not limited to, any vehicle carrying hazardous material in quantities requiring placards, any vehicle designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers for compensation, or any vehicle designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers not for compensation.

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