The aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming, leaving you with physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial burdens. Navigating the legal complexities of an accident claim can feel even more daunting. Don’t try to handle this alone. You need an Arkansas car accident attorney.

At Harris Law Firm, PLLC, we understand the challenges you face. We are dedicated to helping Arkansas car accident victims get the compensation they deserve. Our experienced team will guide you through every step, ensuring your rights are protected and your best interests are served.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, the adrenaline rush and confusion can make it difficult to think clearly. However, taking the proper steps can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Here’s a quick guide outlining the critical first moments after a collision.

Call 911

Ensure everyone’s safety by checking for injuries and calling 911 if necessary. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. You can be seen by the paramedics at the accident scene or the doctors at the hospital emergency room.

Even if you feel okay initially, get checked by your primary care doctor. Some injuries, like whiplash or internal bleeding, may not manifest immediately. 

The medical records from these visits are essential documentation for your case.

Document the Scene

Take pictures and videos of the damage to your vehicle, the surrounding area, and any visible injuries. This evidence will be crucial for your insurance claim and potential legal proceedings.

Gather Information

You should exchange contact and insurance details with the other parties involved. Additionally, collect witness information if available. Their statements can be invaluable in establishing fault.

Check to see if any video surveillance in the vicinity recorded the accident and order the accident’s police report.

Protect Your Rights

Do not discuss the accident in detail with anyone except the police and your lawyer. Remember, anything you say can be used against you. Never admit fault. Talk to an Arkansas personal injury lawyer first.

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Loretta Williams Covington
Loretta Williams Covington
2023-03-23
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Holly Beck
Holly Beck
2022-12-29
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Dewayne Durham
Dewayne Durham
2022-12-27
I reside in Seattle, Washington, and needed an attorney in Mississippi, my research led me to Noel Harris. My case took a little under three years, and Mr. Harris provided the best representation of myself and my lawsuit. The outcome was very favorable for me, and I am grateful for Mr. Harris. He is detail oriented, and does not miss a beat. I was treated with respect and kindness. I hope I do not have business in Mississippi again, but if I do, I know who to call. I cannot give a higher recommendation of Harris Law Firm.

Molly McBride
Molly McBride
2022-04-15
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She was upfront about the cost and I found it to be reasonable. I was most impressed with the open and clear communication. She returned calls and emails promptly and used common language that I could understand. There were no surprises. Best of all, I am out of state and she took care of everything, saving me time and a trip. Katie really made this a painless process and I would highly recommend her.

Ron Tharp
Ron Tharp
2022-02-15
Yes, I recommend, highly recommend, this firm because they take pride in their work and their reputation. If you care for specifics, read below:
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Bertha Bell
Bertha Bell
2022-01-31
While no one wishes to find themselves in a situation where legal services are needed, Mrs. Katie Elliott is a knowledgeable, trustworthy attorney you can expect to guide you through the legal process. We will not hesitate to return to her for our future legal needs.

Courtney Johnson
Courtney Johnson
2022-01-14
Katie was very helpful and always quick to respond either with a call back or even a text message. Everything we needed we got with Katie. Highly recommend her to anyone.

Paulina Self
Paulina Self
2022-01-13
We had a pretty bad accident back in January 2020 and we went to Noel Harris. He was very knowledgeable and very friendly. He would explain the whole process to us and treated us like friends and not just clients. I would recommend him to anyone.

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Dakota Silvey
2021-12-08

Which Parties Can Be Liable for a Car Accident?

Determining fault in a car accident is crucial for pursuing compensation. Here’s a breakdown of potential liable parties.

The Other Driver

The other driver’s negligence can lead to an accident, making them financially responsible. Examples of negligence include speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence,

Employers

If the at-fault driver was working during the accident and acted within the scope of their employment, their employer might also be held liable. Examples include employers of company vehicle drivers or delivery drivers.

Government Agencies

Poorly maintained roads, faulty traffic signals, or inadequate signage can sometimes contribute to accidents. If a government agency is responsible for these issues, they may be liable for damages.

Vehicle Manufacturers

The manufacturer could be held responsible if a defective vehicle component, such as malfunctioning brakes or faulty airbags, causes a car accident. Vehicle manufacturers may also be held liable for design flaws.

Third-Party Maintenance Providers

If a car accident is due to improper maintenance or repairs performed by a mechanic or other service provider, they could be liable for negligence.

What Damages Can I Recover for a Car Accident?

The aftermath of a car accident can leave you facing significant financial burdens. Fortunately, Arkansas law allows you to seek compensation for your losses. These damages include the following:

  • Medical expenses,
  • Lost wages,
  • Property damage, 
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, and 
  • Mental anguish.

The compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries, the extent of your losses, and the specific facts of your case. An experienced Arkansas car accident lawyer can help you assess the full scope of your damages and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

FAQs

The following are answers to common car accident questions.

How Long Do I Have to Bring a Car Accident Case in Arkansas?

In Arkansas, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for personal injuries sustained in a car accident. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. Missing this deadline can significantly impact your ability to recover compensation for your damages.

Immediately contacting Harris Law Firm allows us to assess your case, gather evidence, and begin the legal process within the allotted timeframe. Our experienced legal team understands the importance of timely action and will work diligently to protect your rights and maximize your chances of a successful outcome.

Does Arkansas Law Allow Me to Recover Compensation If I Am Partially at Fault for the Car Accident?

Maybe. Arkansas follows a modified comparative negligence rule. You can still recover compensation for your car accident injuries even if you were partially at fault. But, the amount of compensation you receive is affected by your percentage of fault. 

You can recover compensation if your fault is less than that of the party or parties you are suing. However, your compensation is reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you were found to be 20% at fault for the accident, your total compensation would be reduced by your 20% fault.

It’s important to note that if you are found to be 50% or more at fault, you cannot recover any compensation in Arkansas.

An experienced car accident attorney at Harris Law Firm can help you understand your rights and assess the potential impact of shared fault on your case. We will work diligently to gather evidence and present a solid case to maximize compensation, even if you were partially at fault.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

While most car accident cases in Arkansas are settled outside of court, the possibility of a trial exists. If your case does proceed to trial, having legal representation with trial experience is crucial. At Harris Law Firm, our team of skilled car accident attorneys has extensive courtroom experience and a proven track record of success. We will aggressively fight for your rights and present your case persuasively to the jury, maximizing your chances of a favorable outcome.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Arkansas 

The car accident legal process is complicated. Having a seasoned car accident lawyer on your side can make a significant difference in your case. Since 1981, Harris Law Firm has been a pillar of the community, fighting for the rights of injured victims.

With us, you’re not just another case file. Our award-winning attorneys design their legal strategy individually for each case, ensuring every client’s needs are met.

With us by your side, you can focus on healing while we fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.