Drunk Driving Accident
Hit By A Drunk Driver in Arkansas?
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The Attorneys At Collins, Collins & Ray Are Here To Help
As former police officers, we have seen the toll drunk driving accidents have on people. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, there were 10,265 alcohol related deaths on the roadways in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration goes on to say that some officers are not skilled enough to properly detect drunk drivers. That is why for more than a decade we have been providing law enforcement officers with advanced training on DWI topics. We have also donated equipment and time to assist law enforcement to make our roads safer. Realistically, however, we know that this training and equipment is only part of the solution.
We have made it our mission to make those that cause injury to others accountable through our civil courts. We found that few people understand the complexities of litigation involving alcohol or drug impairment. We knew that with our backgrounds and training we could have a positive impact on those who have suffered after being hit by a drunk driver. The attorneys at Collins, Collins, & Ray, P.A. are litigators and will tell your story so others truly understand the harms and losses. They understand the compensation you could potentially receive.
Americans hit by a drunk driver suffer $49.8 Million in losses annually.
- Medical Expenses
- Diminished Quality of Life
- Lost Wages & Earning Capacity
- Funeral Expenses
Here’s What to Do When You Have Been Hit by a Drunk Driver in Arkansas
- Safety First
- Quickly assess the scene.
- Make sure you and other passengers are safe.
- Move to a safe place away from traffic and the damaged vehicles.
2. Call the Police
- It is important to have the poice gather crucial evidence to prove intoxication.
- You cannot always count on an intoxicated person to remember or honestly recount the event.
3. Document Everything
- The other drivers contact info.
- Vehicle information.
- The location.
- The responding police.
- The driver's condition.
- Where the drive had been and where they were going.
- Photograph the accident.
4. Seek Medical Help
- Serious injuries may not be immediately obvious.
- Evidence of your injuries can help your case.
- Shock from the accident can delay the physical impact.
- You may suffer from: whiplash, bruising, internal bleeding, or brain injuries.
5. Talk to an Attorney
- In legal matters, there are a few opportunities for a “do-over.”
- An attorney can provide advice and peace of mind to a complex situation.
- Hiring a lawyer can protect against unscrupulous adjusters.
6. Report to Insurance
- Insurance can be a positive factor.
- There are opportunities to negotiate with insurance companies to receive better compensation.
At CCR Law Firm, we believe our training and experience, in and out of the courtroom, can force others to be accountable for the injuries they caused.
We begin at the intake. Our staff will gather information from you about the accident and the harm that was caused when you or a loved one was hit by a drunk driver. Our attorneys will then form a plan of action based on your circumstances. This is the moment when you first recognize you will not be in this alone. When it’s serious we are here to help.
After our staff has gathered all the information from you, we will begin an investigation. Frequently this involves getting an accident reconstruction expert involved. Our police backgrounds allow us to quickly determine the level of expertise we may need. This saves you on expenses and also prevents physical evidence from degrading to the point that it may not be recoverable. We will also begin gathering information to determine if others are culpable (bars serving alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person).
Our attorneys have handled alcohol and drug impairment cases through every stage of litigation. We have, at national level, trained others on the science, trial strategy, and law related to alcohol and drug related cases. Our lawyers know that you can’t win the fight unless you step into the ring. We will fight for you to make sure there is some accountability for what has happened.
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Consult an Arkansas Attorney if You’ve Been Hit by a Drugged Driver
Driving under the influence of drugs is just as dangerous as driving drunk, even if those drugs were medically necessary and not illegal. If you’ve been in an accident because of a drugged driver, it’s important to get help from an attorney. Collins, Collins & Ray P. A. will work to pursue financial help for your injuries or losses.
Work With An Arkansas Attorney Who Has Your Back
Being in a car accident is serious. If the other driver was at fault or impaired by drugs behind the wheel, you can pursue financial compensation. By working with Collins, Collins & Ray on your case, you’ll have the support you need every step of the way.
Our team will:
- Help you prepare your case
- Maximize your recovery by proving special damages
- File all the necessary legal paperwork
- Fight with insurance adjusters and the team of attorneys that will be assigned to minimize recovery
- Fight for you in court
- Assist you in negotiating medical liens
The police use a drug recognition protocol to determine if someone is under the influence of one or more controlled substances. We have guest lectured on a National level to many attorney organizations regarding the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) protocol and at many police training sessions regarding the DRE protocol. This protocol examines a person with quasi-medical parameters to determine if they are under the influence or impaired by a drug. It doesn’t matter whether the drug is prescription or illegal. The drug categories frequently investigated are Central Nervous System (CNS) Stimulants, CNS Depressants, Narcotic Analgesics, Hallucinogens, Dissociative Anesthetics, Inhalants, and Cannabis.
We can put that experience to work for you if you have been hit by someone who is drugged driving. Don’t face a legal dispute on your own. Get started with our team today by contact our team today.
We Will Tell Your Story When You Are Hit By A Drunk Driver in Arkansas
When you get hit by a drunk driver in an automobile accident, it can change your life forever. Medical bills come in almost as frequently as the advertisements from personal injury attorneys. It can be confusing as you try to sort through it all. How will you pay your bills? How long will you have to get medical treatment and how will you pay for it? How will you get over the loss or injury of a loved one? How will you pick the best lawyer in Arkansas to handle your personal injury claim? How will you open an estate to take care of the passing of a loved one? Who will pay your tow bill, replace your automobile, pay for your time off work, etc…? How will you make sure the intoxicated driver is held accountable for their decision? These questions and so many more can be overwhelming when you are recovering from the aftermath of an accident.
The attorneys in our firm can help you find answers. Our attorneys have had extensive experience and training when it comes to intoxicated drivers and automobile accidents. Two of our attorneys began their careers as police officers and then worked as prosecuting attorneys before going in to private practice. Our lawyers have taught prosecutors, police officers, defense attorneys, and Judges about the science behind the Blood Alcohol Content, how to maximize damages in personal injury cases, and how to go to trial prepared for the fight. Our lawyers have been recognized as an award winning attorneys from multiple organizations. We do not handle our cases like an assembly line; we are trial attorneys. We will tell your story! We will fight for you when you are hit by a drunk.
What documents or records should I be getting together for my case?
Any relevant information you have regarding the accident should be gathered. This includes, but is not limited to, photographs, videos, written notes you made regarding the accident (i.e. your present sense impression, any witness names), a copy of the police report, your insurance information, any reports reflecting the estimated damage done to your vehicle (i.e. cost of repair), any medical bills that stemmed from the accident. If you have any questions about what information may be relevant to your potential claim, give us a call and CCR will be happy to help you make that determination.
Can I get any bills paid without filing a lawsuit?
There is a surprisingly simple way to get payment for all your damages without filing suit. By keeping records and documentation about the accident up to date and in order, you can make a copy available to the insurance company, if they are agreeable to a reasonable settlement.
In many cases, unfortunately, the insurance company is less enthusiastic about fulfilling their obligations. We have seen instances of insurance companies prolonging legal negotiations in the hopes that the injured party will eventually grow tired of waiting and settle for a lesser amount than they may be awarded in court. Insurance companies are for-profit corporations with bottom-lines, and they usually conduct themselves in that manner.
If you have been in an accident and feel you are getting short-changed by the responsible parties’ insurance, contact a qualified personal injury attorney today. Here at CCR we are able to answer your insurance related questions, and offer free consultations.
How can I pay my accident bills until my lawsuit is resolved?
This complex issue involves details specific to your own health and auto insurance policies. For example, a majority of automobile insurance policies provide Personal Injury Protection (PIP) for medical payment “MedPay” benefits. Most people have this coverage and seek benefit of payments from their own automobile insurance policy to pay healthcare providers in an amount up to $5,000 (the actual amount of coverage may vary). MedPay commonly covers medical expenses for the insured, their passengers, other drivers on the policy, and members of the insured’s household. What many people do not realize is that MedPay insurance coverage provides payments to its own insured(s) even if the other driver is at fault.
Other sources of insurance payments might be available to pay for the medical bills as they accrue to include: Private Health Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and supplemental health insurance policies. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers have adopted billing practices making it much harder for accident victims to get their bills paid as they accrue and avoid collection. The results of these practices leave accident victims uncertain they will obtain the benefit of health insurance payments. This takes further discussion to illustrate.
In the past, injured victims could easily submit health insurance claims on his or her health insurance policy as they accrued. Indeed, the medical care provider would do this automatically. This is no longer true as many Arkansas healthcare providers choose to forego submitting accident related insurance claims to known health insurance providers (including Medicare and Medicaid) until they can determine whether they may recover more money from the insurer of the liable third-party who caused the collision. Since this may take up to a year or so to figure out, many innocent accident victims find that even though they have private health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, the medical bills are not getting paid and in fact turn are often turned over for collection. Yes, even though an accident victim may have health insurance coverage, the health care provider may not seek payment and instead turn over the accident victim to bill collectors. This is because the healthcare provider(s) never turned in the claim for payment from your health insurance at all. Healthcare providers have negotiated contractual obligations to accept lower payments for service charges paid by private health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. Therefore, if the healthcare provider quickly submits billing to a private health insurer, Medicare, or Medicaid (which exist solely to provide benefits for their insured after all), then the healthcare provider may lose the chance to get paid more from the insurer of the liable third party. Additionally, in most instances, the right to leverage and seek payment directly from the innocent accident victim grants stronger rights than if the private health insurer, Medicare, or Medicaid sought reimbursement from the liable third party’s insurance company. This leaves many accident victims in the middle and adds to the anxiety and stress caused by the collision because many find that, in addition to being forced out of work and needing to seek medical treatment, the harm is compounded by harassing collection notices, letters, or phone calls and devalued credit scores.
If you have specific questions about your medical bills getting paid give us a call and we can assess your specific situation.
How do I know if the insurance company is being fair with me?
You probably have no way of knowing unless you have prior experience as an insurance adjuster or attorney. Every insurance company hires and pays the salaries of scores of investigators. Those investigators have responsibilities to report to the insurance company first; they answer to the people who pay them first. This may affect your claim in that insurance investigators, also called “adjusters” are trained to gather information in ways allowing them to discount and devalue claims by looking for anything that might prop up an argument challenging fault or proof of damages. Generally, these investigators are very busy and have many claims to handle. It is only natural for them to pay attention to well-documented claims compiled and presented by attorneys who know what they must consider when deciding whether and how much to pay for a particular claim. Your life-altering accident is only “a claim” to the insurance company; one of tens or hundreds of such “claims.” You lost a loved one or the use of your body and the insurance company has a computer and file folders keeping track of your injuries and damages, and they only pay for what gets included in those files. The insurance company has teams of investigators and attorneys to document their file, shouldn’t you? Shouldn’t you have someone who knows how to make sure your life and your claim are being given a fair shot?
To know if you are being made a reasonable offer, it is best to get a second opinion from someone with extensive experience in representing injured people whether the injuries came from: automobile collisions, truck accidents, airplane crashes, or boating incidents. We have an extensive understanding of tactics used by large insurance companies from working for them and against them. When turning our focus and experience to help those wronged by insurance companies, we developed significant experience representing injured accident victims. We don’t take every case, but for clients we choose to represent, we put our experience to work to ensure our clients obtain the level of compensation they are owed and for which they deserve.