I had a different start than most trial lawyers. I actually decided that I wanted to be a lawyer during junior high, when I accompanied my mom to law school one day and sat through a Civil Procedure class. I got so into the material that I tried to raise my hand and ask a question as a 12-year-old. I knew from that point on that I was called to be a lawyer.
As the son of an emergency room and family practice doctor, I learned a little bit about malpractice insurance and the insurance industry. But, I knew almost nothing about the other side of civil litigation. When I went to law school I joined the trial team and just fell in love with it. Then I started working for Bailey & Oliver Law Firm. I began to represent people whose lives had been destroyed at no fault of their own. If these people didn’t have someone stand up for them, they were going to be taken advantage of. The first time I was part of a team that helped someone get justice, I knew this was where I needed to be.
After some time, I noticed that there were not many normal people (people who aren’t lawyers) who really knew everything that is needed to effectively protect their rights after a trucking wreck. These are very large vehicles that often are under-maintained, with drivers who are pushed and worked too hard. Because of this, these vehicles can essentially become flying missiles driving down the road. When you see families destroyed and people’s lives taken from them because a company pushes a driver to get a load delivered two hours earlier, it really hits home.
That is why I chose to write this book. Nothing in this book is intended to be an attack on hard-working truck drivers. This book is intended to shed some light on problems throughout the trucking industry and to help people who may have been injured in a commercial vehicle wreck better know how to protect their rights. In this book I will lay out an easy to follow guide on what to do if you are involved in a wreck with a commercial vehicle.
At Bailey & Oliver, we have handled truck wrecks of every shape, size, and condition, involving everything from muscular or tendon injuries to death. If you look on our website, we have examples of some of the verdicts that we have gotten in the past. We pride ourselves on being able to handle these cases better than anyone else in the state, and we think that we can handle them just as well as anybody in the country.
Truck Wrecks in Arkansas: Don't Let Your Rights Get Run Over Too
Commercial vehicle wrecks are one of the most common causes of death in the United States and our State of Arkansas. When I talk to members of my community, people are astonished to find out that many of the wrecks our clients are involved in happen right here in Northwest Arkansas. The fact is that around 415,000 large truck wrecks occurred in one year in the most recent statistics produced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This false sense of security; this feeling of, “That could never happen to me.” leaves a huge hole in people’s plans of action.
What would you do if you were hit by an 18-wheeler? Who would you call? Who would you talk to? How would you handle phone calls from insurance companies while you’re still trying to get better? How would you handle phone calls and postcards from lawyers promising quick cash?
This book is intended to not only answer all of those questions, but to also be a step-by-step guide for people who have been hit by a commercial vehicle. Without knowing what to do, you leave yourself open to being taken advantage of. Take the advice provided in this book, and formulate your own plan of action to protect your rights.