A Jonesboro man is in custody after witnesses say he ran down a woman with his truck and dragged her. Skyler Sims, 32, was arrested Tuesday on one count of aggravated assault on a family, or household member.  Jonesboro police responded around 5:20 p.m. Sunday to Dudley and Race streets and found a woman lying in the road, according to a probable cause affidavit. A witness told officers she and the victim had been riding with Sims when he and the victim began to argue.  The women got out of the vehicle, according to the affidavit, and Sims began doing “doughnuts” and blocking them. The victim started walking away, and, according to the affidavit, Sims “sped off towards the victim and ran her down to the ground with the vehicle.” At the hospital, the victim told officers Sims had dragged her with the vehicle. As of Tuesday, the woman remained in the ICU after having surgery on her pelvic bone, a family member told police. She also suffered broken ribs and other injuries, according to the affidavit.

Truck accidents.

Arkansas is among the states reported to have a high number of truck accidents, contributing to the 472 fatal crashes in 2018. Trucks fall into two classes, those that are 10,000 pounds or less, and those above 10,000 pounds, affecting the interpretation of  regulatory laws and damages to be sought after in personal injury claims initiated by experienced accident lawyers.

Comparative fault/when to file.

Arkansas Code Annotated § 16-56-105 sets the statute of limitations for car accident lawsuits at three years to file a case with the court for damage claims.  Under Arkansas’ modified comparative negligence laws (Arkansas Code Annotated § 16-64-122), an injured party is allowed to recover damages, even if they are partially at fault. When a pedestrian, cyclist, or driver of any type of motor vehicle is injured by a negligent driver in Arkansas, they have a right to pursue compensation for their losses.

Using a car as a weapon is a negligent driver action that carries a criminal component and will be addressed along with any civil action filed. The outcome of the criminal proceeding may strengthen a civil case and a truck accident lawyer’s involvement may speed this process along considering the added complexities.

Damages.

Compensatory and punitive damages including economic damages for lost wages, medical bills, future medical care, household expenses; non-economic damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of consortium may be recovered along with punitive damages, if is proven that an individual’s actions were found to be reckless, intentional, egregious, and harmful.  Due to the catastrophic personal injury that is often associated with accidents involving trucks, it is prudent for accident victims to seek out an experienced truck accident attorney in Arkansas.

Sources:

https://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks

https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/STSI.htm

https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state

Arkansas Code Annotated § 16-64-122

Arkansas Code Annotated § 16-56-105

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