Distracted Driving Leaves its Mark on Innocent Victims in Arkansas
Statistics show that if you’ve been hurt in a car accident on the highway in Arkansas, there’s a big chance your injuries were caused by a distracted driver. Indeed, the number of people hurt in car crashes on I-40, I-530, I-30 and elsewhere is skyrocketing as distracted and careless drivers simply ignore Arkansas traffic laws and take the fate of others into their own hands.
And while there’s very little you can do to protect yourself from being involved in a wreck caused by reckless drivers on the highways in Arkansas, you can take steps to minimize the stress of your recovery process by taking necessary steps to ensure you are getting the proper medical care for your injuries, knowing your rights, and knowing that your claim is being handled properly and efficiently. Insurance companies have lawyers working on their behalf, and so should you.
Personal tragedies become all too real for hundreds of families in Arkansas every year. Indeed, earlier this month a young woman was killed when a driver on Interstate 530 veered into her lane. The deadly car accident in Arkansas is still under investigation but it appears that distracted driving or possibly driver inattention was to blame.
Interstate530 Crash in Jefferson County May Have Been Avoidable
The details of this latest tragedy are still forthcoming; however, the official Arkansas State Police report shows that the car in which the deceased woman was travelling left the road after being struck by another. It appears as if that second car was travelling in the same direction (southbound) when it crossed into the adjacent travel lane and collided with the victim’s vehicle.
Sadly, this tragedy highlights an all-too-common scenario here in Arkansas. It’s estimated that distracted driving contributes to almost half of all fatal accidents on our highways (according to the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (or FARS)).
To make matters even more frustrating, every single distracted driving accident is easily avoidable. If each driver on the road simply took their responsibility to protect others more seriously, lives would be saved.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident in Arkansas?
“I’ve been hurt in a car accident, what do I do now?”
Or “I was involved in a car wreck and the insurance company is not treating me fairly.”
As a personal injury attorney in Little Rock, those are two questions I hear almost every day. Most of you have not ever been involved in a car wreck before and have no idea what to do next. It’s important to seek medical treatment immediately if you’ve been injured in a car wreck. Putting off going to a doctor can make injuries worse, so seek treatment at an emergency room or your primary care physician as soon as possible. Focus on getting the treatment you need so that you can return to work and resume life as soon as possible.
It’s understandable that you’re worried about mounting debt, extended time off from work, medical expenses that you are incurring due to a wreck that wasn’t your fault. While there’s no good news in any of these cases, because you’ve been injured through no fault of your own and now having to put your life on hold to recover from these injuries, if the accident was caused by another driver, you may have legal recourse and may be able to recover from that person’s insurance company for your pain and suffering, your lost wages, future lost wages, etc. But getting the compensation you deserve may not be as easy as it should be. In fact, having an experienced Arkansas car accident attorney on your side may be the best (and sometimes only) way to get the money you are deserve and are entitled to receive. It’s important to call an attorney sooner rather than later so that he or she can begin preserving the necessary evidence to support your claim for damages. When evidence is lost or destroyed, that could minimize the value of your claim.
Contact the Pfeifer Law Firm today for a free, no-pressure consultation. We can talk over the phone or you can come to the office and we can explain your rights, help you understand the process, start the investigation process to ensure the proper evidence is being collected and preserved, and you will have an advocate on your side every step of the way. Let an aggressive car wreck lawyer fight for your rights while you take the time to get the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries. Call us at 501-374-4440.