Wes Cottrell understands the difficulties that usually arises after an auto accident. He understands the injuries and damages that can result from a collision and the struggle most victims will face attempting to recover for their losses. In Arkansas, there are specific rules and regulations that govern insurance claims and sometimes complicate the recovery of damages for things like, pain and suffering. In order to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to contact an Arkansas auto accident attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable of Arkansas-specific laws relating to auto accident claims.
Wes Cottrell is also experienced and knowledgeable in Missouri specific laws related to car accident claims and assists clients in Missouri in his Joplin office. Visit our Joplin Car Accident Attorney page to learn more about Missouri car accidents and Joplin Roadways and Traffic.
Liability for Traffic Accidents
Auto accidents can occur for many different reasons. For example, a driver may be distracted, tired, distracted by a cell phone, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. That driver can be held responsible for any injuries caused by that driver if it is proven that the driver was either (1) intentional or reckless, or (2) negligent.
All drivers have a duty to exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances” while driving on a public road. If a driver fails to use reasonable care and his or her actions result in injury to someone else, the driver may be held liable.
What You Can Do
There are some important steps you can take to preserve any potential claim you may have following an auto accident.
- Contact the Police. After alerting the police to the accident, make sure to obtain a copy of the police report. The information contained in that report will be useful in your case. If the police do not come to the scene, you can also file a report at the police station.
- Obtain Name and Insurance Information. Unless they refuse to cooperate, obtain the name, address and insurance information of the person in the other vehicle. The information may or may not be listed in the accident report, so it is a good idea to obtain it yourself at the scene. Also, try to get the names and contact information for any other witnesses that may have stayed at the scene.
- See a Doctor Immediately. Even if you aren’t aware of any particular injury immediately after the accident, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible. Many injuries take time to present themselves – maybe days or weeks. Your doctor will likely tell you that when at your visit. Take notes about how you feel after the accident, when your symptoms first present themselves and about your recovery process. Follow your doctor’s instructions and get your prescriptions filled.
- Contact Your Insurance Company and an Attorney. After you take care of yourself, you need to contact your insurance company to notify them of the auto accident. This is true even if you believe the other driver is at fault. There may nonetheless be benefits available through your insurance policy you may need to use. Notifying your insurance company is even more critical if the other driver was uninsured.
Arkansas Auto Accidents Attorney
Although, generally speaking, you may be able to handle a simple car accident claim on your own — if you suffered significant injuries or the other driver has taken the position that you were at fault, it would be wise to have an experienced Arkansas Personal Injury Attorney on your side.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a auto accident, our legal team at the Cottrell Law Office, may be able to help your family fight for justice and take the first steps towards getting possible financial support for your unexpected burdens. To learn more about pursuing such restitution, call 800-364-8305 today.