Have you been injured in a car accident that someone else caused? If so, a personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Alan LeVar in Conway, Arkansas may be able to help you recover financial compensation that includes your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Our law firm represents Conway car accident victims who have been injured by another party’s negligent, reckless, or malicious conduct on the road. We will listen to your story, investigate your case, and go after the at-fault party for compensation while you recover from your injuries.
Call the Law Offices of Alan LeVar today at (501) 358-5050 for a free, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury attorney. We will give you legal advice you can trust.
Proving Negligence in a Car Accident Claim
In a car accident claim, proving negligence can be challenging. All motorists owe other road users and pedestrians a basic duty of care, so to pursue a personal injury claim, you must prove that the other driver was negligent.
Common examples of driver negligence include violations of Arkansas traffic laws, such as:
- Failing stop at a stop sign or red light
- Failure to yield
- Not using their lights at night
- Making an illegal turn or lane change
- Drunk or distracted driving
If you believe that another party’s negligence caused your accident injuries in any way, contact the Law Offices of Alan LeVar today to discuss your case. We will investigate the circumstances of your case and help you take the necessary legal steps to hold that party accountable.
Damages in a Car Accident Case
Those who suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident due to another’s negligence may recover two kinds of damages: compensatory and punitive.
Compensatory damages, also known as monetary damages, can include:
- Current and future medical bills
- Treatments like physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
The second is punitive damages, which are awarded to punish the at-fault driver for outrageous or illegal conduct. Although rare in auto accident claims, they may be available under some circumstances: for example, someone with multiple DUIs on their record hit you while drunk driving.
What Should I Do After An Accident?
The first thing you should do after an accident is ensure your safety and well-being. Check yourself all over for injuries and see a doctor as soon as possible even if you don’t detect any: often, injuries such as whiplash, herniated discs, and even traumatic brain injury are not immediately felt, especially when your body experiences a rush of adrenaline after the accident.
After you have addressed your injuries, call 911 and let them know what happened. While you wait for the police to reach the accident scene, you need to-
- Ask the other driver to exchange car insurance information. Don’t admit fault, however, even if you believe you were responsible for the accident. If the other driver is uninsured, obtain their current contact information.
- Try to take photos of the accident site if possible: road conditions, traffic signs, and any damages to the vehicles should all be documented to prove your version of events when you file a personal injury claim.
When the police arrive, they will complete an accident report, so be sure to request a copy. If you receive medical treatment, ask for copies of your medical records, so your car accident attorney can pursue compensation for your medical expenses.
What Should I Do If the At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company Calls Me?
Refrain from making a statement to the at-fault individual’s insurance company after an accident, as your words could be used against you. Instead, call a personal injury law firm to discuss your options.
Once you hire an attorney, refer any further calls to them. Usually, the at-fault individual’s insurance company tries to settle with you before your damages have even been calculated: it does not have your best interests at heart. To protect your right to maximum compensation, let an experienced car accident lawyer handle all negotiations with insurance companies. If the company refuses to offer a fair settlement, your attorney will protect your rights at trial.
What If the At-Fault Driver Does Not Have Insurance or Leaves the Scene?
Too often, we encounter auto accidents where the driver at fault is uninsured or leaves the scene before you can get their insurance information from them.
For this reason, you should make sure that your auto policy includes uninsured motorist coverage (UM). As part of this coverage, you can choose bodily injury coverage and/or property damage coverage; if an uninsured driver strikes you, your insurer will pay some of your expenses.
In a situation where the at-fault driver has no insurance, you’ll file your claim under your UM coverage with your own insurance company. You will submit a claim to your insurer in the same manner as you would with an opposing insurer, except that it will apply to your UM policy. We will guide you through the insurance process if you have questions.
How can a Conway Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Liability is not always easy to prove after a car accident, and even if you have the necessary evidence, insurance companies are not always cooperative when it comes to fair compensation. This is why you should work with a legal team that knows what your case is worth and will fight for a positive outcome.
A personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Alan LeVar will collect evidence like police reports, witness statements, traffic camera footage, and medical records to prove and pursue your claim. While we help you build your case, speak with insurers on your behalf, and obtain expert witnesses if necessary, you can focus on recovering and getting back to a normal life.
Let Us Help You File a Personal Injury Claim
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the statute of limitations for filing an Arkansas personal injury claim is three years, so contact a Conway car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Alan LeVar right away. We have years of experience advocating for clients who’ve been injured, and will fight to get the money you need and deserve. For more information, please call (501) 358-5050 or contact us online.