At the Cottrell Law Office, our team of Arkansas car accident attorneys understand that multiple parties play roles in keeping motorists safe—from vehicle designers and manufacturers to government agencies to drivers themselves.
Unfortunately, negligence from any of these groups or individuals can compromise the safety of many. If you were injured in an auto accident due to the reckless or irresponsible behavior of another, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the party at fault.
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. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced Arkansas auto accident lawyer who is an expert on Arkansas car accident laws and claims. This will help ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
Our tenacious Arkansas car accident attorneys are prepared to help you and your loved ones fight for the justice you deserve after an auto accident. Our knowledgeable team will investigate your case, identify who is at fault, and help you determine the full compensation you may be entitled to.
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 page for more information about Missouri car accidents.
Contact us at 800-364-8305 to learn more about your legal options and how we can help you.
Liability for Arkansas 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 if it is proven that the driver was either:
- Intentional / reckless, or
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, then they may be held liable.
What To Do After An Accident
There are some important steps you can take to preserve any potential claim you may have following an auto accident.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 – may be days or even weeks. Your doctor will likely explain this to you during your visit. Take notes about how you feel after the accident, your symptoms and when they first presented themselves, and your recovery process. Follow your doctor’s instructions and get your prescriptions filled.
4. Contact Your Insurance Company
After you take care of yourself, you need to contact your insurance company to notify them of the auto accident. You must do this 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.
5. Contact a Skilled Auto Accident Attorney for Assistance with Your Case
Our expert lawyers can help you navigate your car accident claim. We’ll make sure your legal rights and best interests are protected. Don’t let the insurance companies devalue your claim. Contact us today to ensure you obtain your fair compensation.
Auto Accident Cases We Handle
There are a number of potential causes of auto accidents, all of which can result in devastating consequences for victims.
At the Cottrell Law Office, our team can help you no matter what type of accident you are dealing with due to our extensive experience with the following:
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Auto defects
- Speeding accidents
- Reckless driving accidents
- Road defects
- Drunk driving accidents
- Insurance claims
In addition to physical pain and emotional trauma, car accident victims can be left facing financial damages including medical bills, lost wages, property repair costs, and more. The Arkansas auto accident attorneys at the Cottrell Law Office can assist you. You should not be forced to bear these burdens if your accident was caused by someone else.
Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Today
Even the most minor auto accident can leave a person facing painful and debilitating injuries. Thus, it is important to hold negligent auto manufacturers, government agencies, and drivers responsible for their actions so that they do not harm anyone else.