I grew up watching The People’s Court as a kid. (This was the old version with Judge Wapner, Officer Rusty Burrell, and Doug Llewelyn). I watched it enough that there are three phrases from the show that I can still quote verbatim:
- “What you are witnessing is real. The participants are NOT actors. They are actual litigants with a case pending in California Municipal Court. Both parties have agreed to dismiss their court cases, and have their disputes settled here, in our forum, the People’s Court!”
- “What a reasonably prudent person would or would not do in the same or similar circumstances.”
- “I’m Doug Llewelyn, and if somebody [whatever the defendant had done in that day’s case], certainly don’t take the law into your own hands, you take ’em to court!”
You probably haven’t heard about the fourteen-year-old kid in Waukesha, Wisconsin who kicked an eleven-year-old kid in the shin. The kick was so light that the eleven-year-old never felt it. Nevertheless, the kick caused the kid’s leg to become infected (probably because the kid had recently had an infection in his leg), and he eventually lost use of his leg permanently.
Even if you were not wearing your seat belt when you were hit by a negligent driver, you may still be entitled to recovery for your injuries from an automobile accident.
The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that seat belt use in 2013 had increased to 87 percent. While you’re less likely to be seriously injured if you are wearing your seat belt, that does not mean you are completely barred from recovery if you were not wearing your seat belt. In Arkansas, the other side is not allowed to introduce evidence in court that you were not wearing your seat belt. See Ark. Code Ann. § 27-37-703(a); see also Grummer v. Cummings, 336 Ark. 447 (1999).
Our firm is small enough that everyone on our team will know your name and treat you like a person, rather than a number. As a boutique injury firm, we don’t handle hundreds of injury cases at one time. That means that getting a resolution in your case will be one of the top priorities in our office.
If you have been injured in an auto accident in Arkansas, you should have your case evaluated by a personal injury attorney who is experienced at handling personal injury claims in Arkansas. Our attorneys represent clients from all over Arkansas.
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