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Auto Accidents - Things You Should Know

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Have you or your loved one been injured in a car accident? "Lawyers To Go" only represents injured individuals. As Arkansas auto accident attorneys, we do not defend insurance companies or the responsible parties who were not injured, but whose negligent actions contributed to the injuries sustained in an auto accident.

There are many things to consider when estimating what a car accident claim is worth, which may include: ambulance bills, doctor's bills, lost income, medical costs, compensation for pain and suffering, and disfigurement. However, car accident lawsuits not only involve the victim and the defending party, but insurance companies who have a team of defense attorneys on-hand who know how to minimize payouts to an injured victim while maximizing profits for the benefit of the company and its shareholders. That is why it is critical to have the experienced and knowledgeable representation of a seasoned car accident litigation attorney in your corner. The Arkansas car accident attorneys at "Lawyers To Go" will protect all of your rights and interests, while maximizing full compensation for your economic and non-economic injuries.

Injuries suffered in auto accidents can change the course of a life. Victims often find themselves having to adjust to constant pain, an inability to participate in the activities enjoyed before the accident, and sometimes left without the capacity to earn a descent living. Meanwhile, medical bills accrue, physical therapy and chiropractic care costs skyrocket, replacement of lost possessions becomes a headache, and the constant harassment by medical providers for payment of services becomes unbearable. In the wake of a car accident, we believe injured victims should RELAX and only be concerned with the full recovery of their health, not about how they will afford necessary care or how to feed their families.

Our Arkansas auto accident attorneys pursue each case, large or small. We understand that the most important issue to you is experienced guidance and representation. The legal system can be complicated and confusing, making it all the more critical to have a trusted and knowledgeable counselor to provide experienced and dedicated representation. The Arkansas accident attorneys at "Lawyers To Go" can discuss your car accident claim with you, ensure that your rights are protected, and provide qualified, unwavering legal guidance every step of the way.

We are highly adept at standing up against large insurance companies, identifying the responsible parties, getting letters of protection from medical creditors, and understanding how injuries from the crash have affected our clients' lives. Please contact us for today for a full and free consultation.

Car Accident Statistics in the United States

It is estimated that car accidents occur nearly every twenty seconds in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were almost 6 million car accidents on the highways and freeways of America in 2008 which claimed the lives of 37,261 people and injured another 2.3 million people. Further, Americans spent over $719 million in collision-related expenses.

There are many Interstate highways that criss-cross Arkansas. Interstate 30, Interstate 40, Interstate 55, Interstate 430, Interstate 440, Interstate 530, Interstate 540, and Interstate 630 compliment the numerous state routes that include U.S. Highway 425, U.S. Highway 49, U.S. Highway 167, U.S. Highway 62, and U.S. Highway 278.

Unfortunately, because Arkansas is responsible for so much interstate commerce it has a correspondingly high number of car accidents. In 2008 alone, 600 people died in fatal crashes on Arkansas' highways and roadways ( Fatalities were up 36.2% in Fort Smith and 8.6% in Little Rock in 2008 with a total of 186 fatalities being reported in the twin cities.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident of any type in Arkansas, you need to contact a team of experienced Arkansas car accident attorneys immediately. You may be entitled to collect legal compensation for your pain and suffering, but if you wait too long you risk losing your claim under statute of limitations laws. Contact qualified Arkansas car accident attorneys at "Lawyers To Go", and get the justice you deserve tomorrow.

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What if the automobile accident was partially my fault?
What kind of injuries should I be concerned about?
What damages can I recover?
What insurance terms should I know?
How do I know what my automobile injury is worth?
What if I have been hurt before?
Where will the money come from to compensate me?
What if the person at fault in an automobile accident has no insurance?
Am I entitled to have my car repaired?
If my car is damaged in an automobile accident, am I entitled to a rental car?
Can I choose my own doctor?
What is a personal injury lawsuit?
Do I have to file a lawsuit?
How long do I have to file my claim?
Why do I need an attorney?
How much does an attorney charge?
How long will it take to finish my claim?
Where can I get more information about personal injury claims?

What if the automobile accident was partially my fault?

Beyond the damages suffered, the degree of fault is probably the most important factor in determining how much you may finally recover for your injury. In most cases, both you and the insurance company will know (by the circumstances surrounding the accident) the level of fault for both parties. Was the other party completely at fault? Mostly at fault? Or only a little at fault? An adjuster will reduce your recovery amount by your percentage of comparative fault. If you were only 10% at fault, your damages total will be reduced by 10%. Your recovery will not be reduced by any amount if the accident was clearly someone else's fault.

Arkansas is a Fault State. This means that your insurance company and the company for the other driver will pay damages for medical claims, wage loss and other expenses based on the degree of fault. In order to recover, you must be able to prove that the other person's fault was greater than yours. Arkansas uses a Rule called the 50% Rule, which means that an injured person cannot recover damages if the injured party was 50% or more at fault. If the injured party was 49% or less at fault, they can recover, and recovery is reduced by degree of fault. If you are less than 50% at fault you will have a viable claim.

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What kind of injuries should I be concerned about?

Injuries suffered as the result of a car accident can include whiplash, cuts, scrapes and bruises, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, quadriplegia, broken bones, concussions, head injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, loss of limbs, paraplegia and even wrongful death.

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What damages can I recover?

You are entitled to recover damages directly caused by your accident. Although every case is different, the law allows the victim of a Personal Injury to be compensated for: