After undergoing all of the necessary training they must complete before they can even get behind the wheel, truck drivers understand the significant risks they pose to other motorists, under even the best of circumstances. Despite this, there are some truck drivers who still choose to operate their vehicles while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
At McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm, our truck accident lawyers understand just how life-changing drunk driving accidents involving 18-wheelers can be, and we want to help you pursue an aggressive line of legal action against the reckless party responsible for your unnecessary suffering. Call (479) 783-0036 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Drunk driving accidents are devastating. The mental trauma alone from such a shocking accident often leaves accident victims confused and unsure of what to do next. Truck accidents caused by truck drivers who are driving drunk are even more serious because of the size of commercial trucks.
Unfortunately, the complicated nature of the law makes it even more difficult to know what your next steps should be. Even in straightforward accidents, it might be hard to discern who exactly was at fault, or how you can seek compensation for what may be life-long injuries.
You need an experienced truck drunk driving accident attorney who can navigate the complexities of the law and deal with insurance companies. An experienced truck drunk driving accident attorney will not only fight for your interests, but they can also do research on your behalf to better determine the facts of your case.
At McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm, we have more than 27 years of real-world experience successfully getting compensation for our clients who’ve been involved in accidents with drunk truck drivers. Contact us today at (479) 783-0036 for a consultation with a knowledgeable truck drunk driving accident attorney who will fight alongside you to make sure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Why Choose Us?
The legal team at McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm has almost three decades of legal experience with an important focus on community engagement. With an AVVO rating of 8 out of 10, you can rest easy knowing our managing partner Joey McCutchen has successfully fought for Fort Smith residents since founding the law firm in 1991.
Beyond his legal practice, McCutchen often volunteers in the community, too. In 2019, he partnered with the Springdale Fire Department to educate students at the Har-Ber High School about the dangers of distracted driving as part of the Teen Driving ROADeo. That’s because our community is important to all of us at McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm. Our clients are our neighbors, our friends, and part of the Fort Smith family, so you be confident that our lawyers will work with you to secure the best possible outcome–regardless of the details.
McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm, unlike many other legal firms, has a Client Bill of Rights that we abide by for each client we represent. You deserve compassionate, fair, ethical, and honest interaction as you seek compensation for all that you’ve suffered in your truck drunk driving accident, and we promise that to you and we strive to deliver it as well.
If you want results, don’t wait. Contact one of our experienced and passionate attorneys now at (479) 783-0036.
Common Truck Drunk Driving Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a drunk driving truck accident, you know how devastating the consequences can be. This is because18-wheeler trucks weigh 20 times more than the average American car. While some people do walk away with only a few scrapes and bruises, the following injuries are much more common.
- Traumatic brain injury: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an object violently hits your head or penetrates your skull, disrupting brain function. While all head trauma is something to talk to your doctor about, cases of TBI range from mild to severe. Mild incidences of TBI might cause temporary changes in mood or consciousness, whereas more severe cases of TBI can put you in a coma and lead to long-term brain damage. Common symptoms of TBI include vomiting, loss of consciousness, dizziness, headache, tiredness, paralysis, and changes in vision.
- Burns: Burns range in severity from mild first-degree burns to third-degree burns that penetrate deep tissue. While fires are not necessarily a common consequence of truck accidents, friction, hot objects, and chemicals can also cause burns, and so it is important to reach safety as soon as possible after an accident.
- Fractures: When bones break as a result of trauma, the swelling and bleeding caused by the fracture affect the nerve endings surrounding the bone. This can cause extreme pain despite the fact that bones do not contain pain receptors. While not all fractures result in pain, if you feel an intense aching feeling, you may have a broken bone. Although it depends on the type and severity of the fracture, broken bone recovery can take an average of 6-8 weeks.
- Soft tissue injuries: Much like how bones can break, accident trauma can also damage your soft tissue–most commonly ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Healthcare professionals often recommend the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
- Spinal cord injuries: The spine is incredibly important because it carries electrical signals throughout the human body. As a result, damage to your spine can be incredibly serious, causing paralysis, changes in sensation, difficulty breathing, and loss of bladder control.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): When most of us think of car accidents, we think of the physical health effects. However, accidents are also traumatic and can have profound consequences on your mental health. In fact, car accidents are the number one cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in the U.S. among the non-military population.
If you’ve been involved in a truck drunk driving accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don’t believe you’ve been injured or your injuries seem minor. Many serious effects of injuries may not appear right away. Seeking medical attention is for your physical and mental benefit, but it is also necessary for your negligence claim against a drunk truck driver and/or the trucking company that employs them.
Claiming Compensation for Damages Caused by Drunk Truck Drivers
Any drunk driving accident has the potential to cause serious injuries, but accidents involving large commercial trucks are almost always worse in their effects because of the sheer size and weight of these vehicles.
While taking legal action after such a devastating accident may be the last thing on your mind at this time, it is important for you to know that doing so can provide a way for you to pursue much-needed compensation for:
- Past and future medical care
- Past and future rehabilitative care
- Lost income during your recovery
- Pain and suffering
- Any diminishment to the quality of your life
Though this is sure to be a difficult time for you and your family, our legal team is here to support you and handle all of your legal concerns, allowing you to focus on more important matters.
Consult with a Drunk Driving Attorney in Fort Smith
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in an accident that was caused by a drunk truck driver, you should consult with an attorney about what legal action you may be eligible to pursue against the responsible party. At McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm, we believe that truck drivers who are reckless enough to get behind the wheel while intoxicated need to be held accountable for such inexcusable actions. Call us today at (479) 783-0036 and let us help you fight for justice.
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