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Last week we looked at Arkansas’s motorist coverage requirements - namely, that each Arkansas driver is required by law to carry insurance. To learn more about the minimum Liability Insurance as well as Comprehensive and Collision coverage, read our previous post: Car Insurance 101. As a reminder, these categories of insurance apply to accidents where you are the at-fault driver.

Today, let’s explore a different scenario: you are involved in a car wreck that is NOT your fault (whew!), but you are left with physical injuries and a damaged car (bummer!). Ideally, this would be a simple process: you’ll file a claim with the at-fault driver’s car insurance company, get medical treatment and car repairs, and then receive compensation from the insurance company for your doctors’ bills, lost wages, and property repairs. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses on your end.

In this instance, however, let’s imagine that the driver who hit you doesn’t have any liability insurance, or doesn’t have enough to cover your losses (remember the limits we discussed in our last post?). This less-than-ideal situation happens more often than you might think: more than 16% of Arkansans are uninsured, meaning that each day as you drive through your town, 1 out of every 6 drivers you pass is driving without insurance.

When this happens, who pays? If you only carry the minimum insurance required by Arkansas law, you may find yourself paying out-of-pocket for your bills and repairs. This is the unfortunate reality of our insurance system.

The good news is that you can take action today to protect yourself against future accidents with uninsured or underinsured drivers. You can start by adding Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage to your insurance policy. This is coverage protects you in the following situations:

● The at-fault driver is uninsured, meaning they have no liability coverage
● The at-fault driver is underinsured, meaning their liability coverage limits will not cover the full cost of your medical bills or property damage
● The accident is a “hit-and-run,” where the driver who hit your car left the scene. UM/UIM coverage will typically cover bodily injury, but not property damage, in hit-and-run cases.

While UM/UIM coverage is not required in Arkansas, Taylor King Law highly encourages you to add this coverage to your insurance policy. Rates for vary by state and insurance company, but typically around 5% of your annual auto insurance premium goes to Uninsured/Underinsured coverage. It’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes from knowing you and your family are protected from irresponsible drivers.

Questions? Get a Free Consultation

Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side is especially important if you’ve been hit by a driver who is uninsured or underinsured. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Arkansas and have questions about your insurance, Taylor King is here to help. Call us at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732), visit our website at www.taylorkinglaw.com, or download our free app for iOS or Android to start your free consultation. We will answer your important insurance questions and help you begin the recovery process.

The Arkansas injury lawyers at Taylor King Law have many years of experience in dealing with insurance adjusters and will protect your rights to a fair settlement. You’re one call away from getting help today.

Click HERE to go back and read more about liability insurance.


Hey everyone! Bradi Bear here. I have LOTS of important info for you all, so listen up! You know that I like to tell stories, so why don’t I just start from the beginning?

A few days ago, Taylor King called me into his office. He’d already handed out his end-of-the-year bonuses, so I was a LITTLE worried about being called in without any warning. I made sure to practice my puppy eyes just in case the situation became dire and I needed to whip them out.

When I got into his office, he told me to sit - and boy, I nailed that command! Basic Puppy School 101, right there.

My uneasiness disappeared when Taylor King began telling me how happy he was with all my work over the past year. He said he has big plans for 2018, and he wants me to be even more involved with the family business. We both agreed; now that I’m THREE years old, I’m ready to dive in deeper into my studies. Interviewing lawyers and alerting the public about safety laws are both great, but it looks like I’m going back to school to really help you guys understand the ins and outs of a personal injury case!

This week, I’m hitting the books to learn all about…(drumroll please)...auto insurance!

Chapter One: Do I Need Auto Insurance?

This one could be the shortest chapter of all. The answer is YES. As it turns out, in Arkansas you are required to carry insurance - it’s the law. Sadly, some people decide to ignore this requirement and drive around without any car insurance! It gives me the pup-shivers to think about breaking the law like that.

What a mess we’d be in if we got into an accident with someone who isn’t covered. I guess that’s why my mom says we need to carry uninsured motorist coverage on our car. I’m glad she is using that head of hers!

Woo, I’m exhausted. I think that’s enough studying for tonight...I’d hate to overdo it. See you soon for Chapter Two!


How are you welcoming the new year? Many of us have begun 2018 with a fresh sense of purpose: setting goals, writing resolutions, purging closets, or organizing important files. Speaking of important files, there’s one we need to talk about: your car insurance.

It’s more than a file, of course. Auto insurance protects you and your family as you go to work and school each day. It also protects all of those other drivers you pass on the road.

When it comes to car insurance in Arkansas, it’s more than a suggestion. If you drive a car in Arkansas, whether or not you’re the owner, you’re legally required to have a car insurance plan.

The question, then, is not if you need insurance, but which kind. Each state sets its own minimum insurance requirements for drivers, but you can choose to add other types of insurance to your policy, as well. Let’s take a look at your options.

Most often when people reference car insurance, they’re referring to Liability Insurance. In Arkansas, you must carry liability insurance. If you’re at fault in an accident, liability insurance pays for the damage you caused to another person or vehicle, up to the limits set by policy.

There are two “sub-types” of liability insurance. Bodily Injury Liability (BIL) is for physical injuries caused to the other driver or passengers. In Arkansas, the minimum coverage is $25,000 per person or $50,000 total in a wreck where more than one person is injured. Property Damage Liability (PDL) covers damage to the other car(s) involved in the wreck. The minimum PDL an Arkansas driver can carry is $25,000 per accident.

Insurers cannot sell you a policy with lower limits than the minimum requirements for your state, but you can purchase policies with higher limits if you choose. The word “limit” means it’s the maximum amount your insurance company will pay to cover injuries or property damage in a car wreck.

Beyond liability insurance, there are multiple other types of insurance to consider. Liability insurance only covers the damage you cause to other people; if you’re at fault in a wreck, liability won’t pay for your injuries or damage to your car. That’s where Comprehensive and Collision plans come in. While they’re not required by law, they’re a smart addition to your policy.

Comprehensive Insurance covers “non-collision” damage to your car: fire, flood, theft, vandalism, collisions with animals, hail, and much more. In Arkansas, where collisions with deer are not uncommon, this is the insurance policy that would cover the damage.

Collision Insurance pays for damages to your car caused by collision or rollover accidents.

Take some time today to review your car insurance policy and, if needed, discuss with your spouse. Many people fail to give their auto insurance careful consideration until they are involved in an accident, at which point it’s too late to make changes.

Your insurance company should send you updated insurance cards to keep in your console and your wallet. It’s important to have proof of insurance if you’re pulled over by a police officer, involved in an accident, or trying to register your vehicle. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines, registration suspension, reinstatement fees, and more.

Questions? Get a Free Consultation
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Arkansas and have questions about your insurance, Taylor King is here to help. Call us at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732), visit our website at www.taylorkinglaw.com, or download our free app for iOS or Android to start your free consultation. We will answer your important insurance questions and help you begin the recovery process.

The injury lawyers at Taylor King Law have many years of experience in dealing with insurance adjusters and will protect your rights to a fair settlement. You’re one call away from getting help today.


WE ARE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY, PEOPLE! I REPEAT, LESS THAN ONE WEEK…until Christmas! I’m the type of pup that works on her Christmas list all year round. I’ll take note of a special squeaky ball here or a nice rawhide there, and just jot it down for Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick.

But the last few days it has HIT me…. my entire list this year is all about me, myself, and I. If I have learned ANYTHING from working at Taylor King Law, it is that putting other people first is very, very important (that and to “buckle up pup”).

So I’m making a Last Minute Christmas List and paying expedited shipping for it to go straight to the North Pole.

1. I want everyone to take a No Texting and Driving Pact (It Can Wait is one of many online pledge sites: https://www.itcanwait.com/).

2. I want more people to buckle up right away when in their car, instead of fixing their phone or radio station.

3. I hope everyone smiles more, walks a little slower, and enjoys a ride in the car with the windows down (and tongue out if that’s your kinda thing).

4. I wish for more genuine conversations in order to get to know people (and clients). I’m telling you, someone’s favorite brand of tennis ball can tell a lot about a person - just take the time to ask.

5. Annnnnddddddd…. that bacon-scented squeaky bone at PetSmart™.

Are These Defective Products Hiding in Your Home?

Last week we looked closely at defective product lawsuits and your legal rights as an Arkansas resident. If you haven’t had any problems with exploding hoverboards or collapsing cribs lately, you may be thinking you’re in the clear. But some defective products are more subtle; they’ve been quietly existing in the lives of Americans for years, and they might be affecting your own family.  What might some of these products be?

Mesothelioma Caused by Asbestos Exposure

One major area of concern for Arkansans is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the heart, lungs, or abdomen. It is caused by inhaling asbestos, which was commonly used in building materials for decades.

Although large-scale asbestos removal initiatives have been in place for decades, millions of people have been or continue to be exposed to asbestos. Those most commonly exposed include military personnel, construction workers, electricians, mechanics, plumbers, welders, and paper mill workers.

Symptoms of mesothelioma vary based on the cancer’s location in the body. Because this cancer is rare and develops long after asbestos exposure, symptoms are often mistakenly diagnosed as other conditions. That’s why it’s important to see your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain under the rib cage
  • Painful coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest or abdomen
  • Sudden or unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal pain and swelling

Be sure to share the details of your asbestos exposure with your doctor. It’s important to find a medical professional you can trust to discuss your symptoms and walk through the possible diagnosis.

A mesothelioma lawsuit can help cover the cost of medical expenses and provide security for your familiy’s future. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, please contact us at Taylor King Law. Our experienced attorneys will provide you with a free consultation and case evaluation. We can answer your questions and connect you with trustworthy experts in the field.


Takata Airbag Recall Impacting 41 Million Cars

Another defective product may be lurking in your vehicle.

Beginning in 2008, Japan-based Takata Corp issued a recall on airbags in cars including models from  Tesla, Honda, Subaru, Mercedes Benz, Mazda, and Fiat Chrysler. Nine years later, only half of the defective airbags have been replaced.

When the defective airbags inflate, the metal inflator cartridge may explode, spraying shards of metal into the car at a speed of 200 mph. This is obviously a serious safety hazard, and it has caused 13 deaths in the US, and more abroad, as of December 2017.  

Don’t assume you aren’t at risk. Although the majority of past recalls have been on older model cars, the new recalls include some 2014 models.  Our Taylor King Law legal team recommends checking the new recall list to be sure your car isn’t involved. You can check the NHSTA’s Complete List of Takata Airbag Recalls online.

Click HERE to learn more about airbag safety. 


Where to Find Recall Information

The best way to protect yourself from defective product-caused injuries is to stay informed of new recalls and take immediate action if you see an item you own on the list. Start by contacting the company; put the item in a safe place where no one will use or touch it.

There are several websites that provide up-to-date information on product recalls. You can check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission or Good Housekeeping to see if there are defective products in your home; the Food and Drug Administration offers food-specific recall information as well. The lists include everything from West Elm desk lamps to John Deere tractors to guacamole.


Filing a Defective Product Lawsuit in Arkansas

Every product recall does not warrant a lawsuit, of course. But if you’ve been injured by a defective product like the ones mentioned above, you may have legal rights to compensation for the suffering you’ve experienced. In that case, an experienced Arkansas attorney will be your most valuable asset.

Don’t wait to ask for help; because Arkansas has a 3-year statute of limitations on defective product claims, there’s no time to waste. Taylor King offers a free consultation to all potential clients. We will listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you get the compensation you deserve.

You can call our toll-free number at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732). We answer your calls 24/7. You may also want to visit our website and submit an online form at www.taylorkinglaw.com, or download our free Taylor King Law app for expert service at your fingertips.

You can trust us to be On Your Side, By Your Side through every step of your product liability claim.


For more information on asbestos and the dangers of mesothelioma, take a look at our Mesothelioma Information Page.



When we mention “defective product lawsuits,” you probably think of infamous examples like the McDonald’s coffee case. But it’s no laughing matter: defective or dangerous products injure thousands of Americans each year. These injuries are often severe, permanent, or even deadly.

What kinds of defective product claims can you make in Arkansas?
You may file a lawsuit in Arkansas based on 3 different types of defective product claims.

Manufacturing defects are perhaps the most obvious type of product liability claim. Manufacturing defects occur while the product is being produced, usually in a factory. Food recalls are often due to this type of defect; if nuts are added to a product marked “nut-free,” this manufacturing defect makes the product unsafe for any person with a nut allergy. Manufacturing defects may apply to a large group of products, as we often see with car recalls, or to only one or a few individual products.

Design defects may also cause serious injury to consumers. Unlike manufacturing defects, where the product would be safe if a mistake had not been made during production, a product with a design defect is inherently dangerous, no matter how well it is manufactured. An oven mitt that melts when it comes into contact with a hot pan, for example, has a design defect. Even when used as directed, the consumer may still be injured by the product.

Finally, a marketing defect occurs when a company or marketer fails to provide adequate instructions or warning labels for a product. If you were severely burned by the steam valve on a pressure cooker because there were few instructions or no warnings included, for example, you might file a defective product claim. Marketing defects occur when a product is safe when used correctly, but when the consumer doesn’t have the necessary information to operate it correctly.

When it comes to product liability in Arkansas, do you know your legal rights?
In Arkansas, there is a 3-year statute of limitations on defective product claims. You have 3 years from the date of the accident or injury in which to file a lawsuit. However, Arkansas also has something called the “discovery rule,” which states that clock doesn’t start ticking until you knew, or “discovered,” the connection between the product and your injury.

The standard in Arkansas is “modified comparative negligence.” Here’s what that means:
If the judge or jury determines that the plaintiff shares more than 50% of the fault for the accident, then he or she will not be awarded financial compensation (called “damages”). If you are less than 50% at fault for the accident, than you can be awarded damages, but it will be reduced based on the percentage of the accident that was your fault. For example, if a judge believes that you were 25% to blame for the injury you received from a product, then your $1 million verdict will be reduced, by 25%, to $750,000.

What should you do if you think you have a defective product claim?
If you’ve been injured by a product through no fault of your own, it’s important that you speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer. Because defective product lawsuits are often portrayed as “get rich quick” schemes, many people hesitate to pursue legal action. But if a company’s design, manufacturing, or marketing defect has caused pain for you or your loved ones, you have the legal right to pursue compensation.

Companies and manufacturers have a responsibility to protect the safety of their consumers to the best of their ability. If they fail to do so, you have the right to hold them accountable.

Find a defective product lawyer at Taylor King Law.
An experienced Arkansas attorney will be your most valuable asset if you’ve been hurt by a defective product. Don’t wait any longer to ask for help; because of Arkansas’s statute of limitations, there’s no time to waste in starting your claim. At Taylor King Law, we’ll listen to your story, ask important questions, and give you our professional opinion on your case - all for FREE in our no-obligation consultation.

You can call our toll-free number at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732). We answer your calls 24/7. You may also want to visit our website and submit an online form at www.taylorkinglaw.com, or download our free Taylor King Law app for expert service at your fingertips.

You can trust us to be On Your Side, By Your Side through every step of your product liability claim.

Click HERE for Part II of Defective Product Liability blog.


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Don’t you like my remix? I’d take up writing lyrics as a side job, but I’m already working double duty this holiday season.

As always, I’m putting in my hours at Taylor King Law Firm. I interview new lawyers, accept free belly rubs from clients, and am always down to drop some knowledge about safe driving. But this year I’m taking on another SPECIAL operation. I call it OPERATION SANTA PAWS. Here, let me start from the beginning…

The other day, Santa Claus made a visit to Arkadelphia. He had a big fancy chair and beautiful backdrop set up to take pictures with (mostly screaming) kiddos and, well, ME. I wasn’t about to miss out on a celeb photo op.

I was so excited about meeting Santa, I could barely sleep the night before! I wanted to look my very best, so I didn’t even mind the bath Momma gave me! You can imagine my surprise that Santa called me by name when it was my turn for the picture! I remembered this WAS Santa Claus…he knows if you’ve been bad or good so...you know the rest.

I hopped up in Santa’s lap and gave my biggest pup smile to the camera. Then Santa told me he was hoping I’d come see him today because he has a very important favor to ask of me. THANK GOODNESS I’m potty trained, because I almost had an “excited accident” all over Santa’s lap!

Santa explained that he knew how crazy the roads could be on the holidays, which is why he prefers sleigh travel. But since that wasn’t an option for most people, he needed me to be on the lookout for all the safe drivers on the road during the holiday season. I am to report back to Santa before Christmas so that he can add those drivers to the NICE list…no matter what!

I told him I would be HONORED and would get started right away. So, PSA: I AM ON THE LOOKOUT!!!! I want to see everyone on the nice list this year, so take it from me:

1. Always wear your seatbelt!
2. NEVER text and drive. It is illegal, so that has “naughty list” written all over it.
3. Drive SOBER! Call an Uber/Lyft or have a designated driver if you plan on having any eggnog this season.
4. Don’t go anywhere in a hurry; it’s better to be a little late then end up in an accident.
5. Watch out for ice on the roads and take necessary precautions.

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When you still need your air conditioner in December, it may seem laughable to think about preparing for winter weather. It’s true that Arkansas winters are typically mild, with fewer cold or snowy days than our Northern neighbors. But the unpredictability of Arkansas temperatures means that extreme weather tends to take us by surprise. Sudden snow or ice has been known to leave Arkansas drivers stranded on highways and interstates for hours, even overnight.
If you want to be ready for anything that December, January, or February may send your way this season, start with preparing your car. Think of it as a seasonal tune-up!

Make these 4 Easy Winter Updates Today:
1. Check your tires. Asses both air pressure and tread depth. Most people don’t need snow tires if they live in the southern states, but good tires are key to staying safe on the road when winter storms do blow through. You can check your tire pressure with a simple, inexpensive gauge. Your car manual will tell you the optimum pressure (called PSI, or pounds per square inch) for your particular vehicle. Most gas stations offer free air fill-up stations. To check your tire treads, use the “Lincoln test.” It’s easy: insert a penny into the tire tread with Lincoln’s head pointing down, toward the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, that means it’s time to replace your tires. Tread is important; it allows your car to “grip” the road, particularly in rainy or snowy conditions.
2. Upgrade your car emergency kit. To be ready for anything when cooler temps hit, add a pair of gloves, blanket, flashlight (with fresh batteries), snack bars, jumper cables, first aid kit, and an ice scraper for your frosty windows. Pro tip: buy a scraper that includes a built-in mitten on the handle to keep your fingers from freezing
3. Replace your windshield wiper blades. Experts say you should replace your wiper blades once a year, so why not do it now? Consider replacing your usual wiper fluid, which freezes quickly upon contact with cold windshields in the winter, with one made specifically for winter weather. It can even help loosen ice and snow from your windshield.
4. Get an oil change. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a mechanic, let the changing weather be your reminder to do routine maintenance. You may need a different type of oil entirely for the winter months. In general, the colder the weather, the thinner the oil in your engine should be.

Help for Winter Car Accident Injuries
Each year, people are injured in accidents where snow, ice, or other weather conditions played a role. If you were the victim in a car wreck, you may have legal rights to compensation and should speak with a personal injury lawyer about your potential case. The attorneys at Taylor King Law are ready to help. Call 1-800-227-9732 (CAR-WRECK), visit our website at taylorkinglaw.com, or download our FREE app today for a no-obligation, free consultation. We’ll be on your side, by your side, even when the weather isn’t.

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When you file an insurance claim or personal injury following a car wreck, the insurance company will demand one thing: evidence.
Physical evidence is the single most important aspect of building a personal injury case. Any experienced attorney will tell you that without trustworthy, tangible evidence to back up your claim, you’ll be hard-pressed to win a case against the at-fault driver or receive compensation from your insurance company.
What is physical evidence? Consider these examples: 
• Photographs from the accident
• Statements from witnesses at the scene
• Medical records and doctors’ reports
• Police reports
• Public records, including driving records
• Your own account of the accident
Sometimes after an accident, physical evidence may be lost or destroyed. This is called spoliation of evidence, and it’s a very serious matter.
Spoliation may be accidental, but there are times when a dishonest at-fault driver or company will intentionally destroy evidence. For example, if you are involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer or big rig, physical evidence would include the black box recordings and the truck itself. If the trucking company disposed of the truck’s black box or tampered with the truck after the accident, this would be considered spoliation.
Once evidence is destroyed, it may be impossible to replace – and may seriously damage the strength of your personal injury claim. That’s why it’s important to send what’s known as a “spoliation of evidence letter” or “letter to preserve evidence” as soon as possible after the accident. 
A spoliation letter is a document informing the at-fault party that there is a dispute or claim being filed, and that all evidence must be preserved. The notified party is then legally obligated to keep evidence safe. If the party disregards the letter and destroys or tampers with evidence, they will be held legally responsible.
When you hire a personal injury lawyer to handle your case, sending a spoliation letter will be one of the first things that he or she does. A spoliation letter will likely carry more weight with the other driver when it’s signed by an experienced attorney. This is another instance where you’ll benefit from having a lawyer on your side. Because physical evidence varies with each case, your attorney will know where to look for valuable evidence and will ensure that the other driver or insurance company is held responsible if they tamper with that evidence.
Have you been injured or victimized by a car or big-truck accident in Arkansas? It’s important to contact a local attorney as soon as possible in order to preserve all possible evidence. The attorneys at Taylor King Law are ready to be On Your Side, By Your Side throughout your personal injury claim. We’ll handle the entire process, including sending a spoliation letter to the at-fault party, so that you can get the settlement you deserve and get back to your life.
Call today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732), visit us at www.taylorkinglaw.com, or download our free app to begin your FREE consultation! You’re one call or click away from getting help today.
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Can you believe the holiday season is already here? With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon, you’re probably mentally preparing for all the time you’ll be spend on the road in the coming weeks. As more and more families head down the road to Grandmother’s house, this increased traffic brings increased safety risks.

Top Road-Trip Safety Tips
You probably exercise extra caution while driving during the months of November and December. If not, you can begin by implementing our Top Road-Trip Tips the next time you get behind the wheel.
● Properly maintain your vehicle. This is always important, but particularly so for long trips. If you’re overdue for maintenance, inspections, or oil changes, visit your local auto shop before you leave for the holidays.
● Plan ahead. Map your route in advance and consider when you’ll be passing through heavy-traffic areas. If possible, leave earlier to avoid rush-hour traffic jams.
● Keep a car-compatible phone charger in your console at all times. In case of an emergency, you’ll be thankful for a fully-charged cell phone.
● Never leave valuables uncovered in your car. Place larger items in the trunk or in a covered storage area.
● If you’re traveling with children, keep a close eye on them each time you stop. Remind them never to talk to strangers, and never let young children go to the bathroom by themselves.

Don’t Forget: Holiday Home Safety
With your focus on the destination ahead, it’s easy to forget one of the most valuable things you’re leaving behind: your home. Christmas trees, flashy lights, and out-of-town trips are cause for celebration, but they can also pose security and safety risks for your family. Avoid these common holiday home safety mistakes:

1. Refrain from posting your specific travel plans on social media. It’s tempting to share all the details of your family fun, but you can never be sure who will see your photos - and whether they’ll interpret your innocent post as an advertisement for an empty house! The best option is to post updates and photos when you’ve arrived safely back home. If you just can’t wait, stick with generic captions that don’t specify your out-of-town locale.
2. Check the cords before you deck the halls. More than 400 people die each year in electrical-related house fires. Begin each holiday season by checking your lights for frayed cords or cracked bulbs. Never connect more than one extension cord, either. And as lovely as they may be, don’t leave your Christmas tree or outdoor lights on overnight or while you’re traveling. Consider investing in a light switch timer if you want your lights to turn on at a specific time.
3. Move your spare key. Any would-be burglar will check under your door mat before forcing entry. If you keep a spare key hidden, remove it before leaving for a trip. The best option is giving it to a close friend who can check in every few days to pick up your mail and ensure that everything is in order.
4. Leave (a few) lights on. A dark house and empty driveway clearly signal that nobody’s home. But a house with lights blazing at all hours of the day may not be fooling anyone - not to mention the high electricity bill you’ll be stuck with at the end of the month. The light switch timer we mentioned in Tip #2 will come to your rescue in this situation as well! You can set the timer to turn lights on and off at specific times of day, which simulates your regular routine.

We hope these helpful hints will give you peace of mind as you celebrate the holidays with your family. Remember, if you are injured in a car accident or become the victim of another type of accident in Arkansas over the holidays, you may have legal rights to compensation for your injuries and losses. Taylor King offers a FREE consultation to anyone who thinks they may have a case; call today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK, visit our website at taylorkinglaw.com, or download the free Taylor King app to begin your evaluation today.

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Can you believe it is already November?! We all know what November means. No, not that it’s almost Christmas (although I am more than a LITTLE excited about singing carols). But before we get to Christmas, we have to celebrate one of my FAVORITE holidays. I know I say that about every holiday, but Thanksgiving truly stands above the rest...a day for giving thanks and eating ALL the good things?! C’mon, now...what could be better?

2017 has flown by, and as I look back on the year, so much has happened. I count my pup blessings every night and know that I have so much to be thankful for. I was curious about how my friends at Taylor King Law choose to celebrate, so I polled the staff to get the inside scoop.

How do your own Thanksgiving traditions stack up?
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This year I’ve considered making my own turkey. The lawyers gave me some good tips on what NOT to do…

Jay Neal: We had just moved into our first house in Arkadelphia and I invited my brother and sister over for thanksgiving. I woke up that morning ready to do some cooking...ad realized I forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer the night before. I had to soak it for five hours in hot water before I could get the turkey to thaw enough to do anything with it. Believe it or not, it was still delicious and we had a great meal.

Rusty Mitchell: My family ordered dinner one year thinking it was prepared and it was all frozen, so we had to wait an hour or so to heat it all up.

JP Phillips: I attempted to fry a turkey two years ago and burned it to a crisp. It was completely inedible. Luckily we also had a ham, so Thanksgiving was saved.

Top 3 things some of our lawyers are thankful for this year:

Taylor King: My new grandson Taylor Woods King, my family and friends, and my law practice
Austin King: Taylor Woods, the great friends I have in my life, and a new Star Wars movie!
JP Phillips: Family, friends, and the fact that the Arkansas Legislature is not in session next year.

A little attorney advice to stay safe on the road with Thanksgiving traffic:

Taylor King: Turn off your cell phone; do not respond to texts while driving; remember that distracted driving is the #1 cause of car wrecks.
Austin King: Make sure you are well rested as you travel long distances. Take a break if you are feeling sleepy.
JP Phillips: Never go anywhere in a rush. Arriving 20 minutes late to Thanksgiving dinner is much better than being involved in an accident.

Is there a Thanksgiving dish you can’t live without?

Taylor King: My wife Terri's bacon-wrapped green beans and my mother-in-law Julia’s chocolate pie.
Austin King: Homemade rolls!!!
JP Phillips: Pecan Pie!

If, like me, you like to reminisce on Thanksgivings past, take a look at what I’ve been thankful for in 2015 and 2016!
Gobble Gobble Y’all - It’s Been a Thankful Fall
My Thanksgiving Thankful List

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Never text and drive: we all know it’s the number one rule of road safety these days. But when it comes to staying safe and getting the most out of your drive, your smartphone could be a help rather than a hindrance. From vehicle performance to gas prices and everything in between, there’s now an app for that.

We’ve sifted through dozens of iOS and Android apps and narrowed it down to the best of the best for our neighbors in Arkansas. Buckle up and visit the App Store to download these great, driver-friendly tools (just don’t use them while you’re driving).

1. iOS 11 - Do Not Disturb While Driving - Are you struggling to keep your eyes off your phone while you drive? Look no further than the latest Apple software update, iOS 11. This new Do Not Disturb feature is designed to cut down on accident-causing distractions by muting incoming texts, calls, and notifications while you’re driving. There are several options for activating this feature: set it to turn on manually, automatically when the iPhone detects a car’s acceleration, or when an iPhone connects to Bluetooth in a car. You can even change the settings to send an automatic text reply, such as “I’m currently driving but will read your message when I reach my destination,” so that your friends and family will know their message was received. Price: Free.

2. Waze - Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. It uses crowd-sourced real-time updates from local drivers to give you the most up-to-date driving information. Waze can alert you before you approach accidents, road hazards, and traffic jams, and it will seamlessly re-route around all of it. Looking for the best gas prices? Waze can tell you that, too. If you’re serious about finding the quickest route to your destination, Waze is the app for you. Be sure your passenger is the one using it in transit, though. Price: Free.

3. Roadtrippers - Billed as “Yelp for road trips,” Roadtrippers is an app designed specifically for travelers. With thousands of positive reviews in the App Store, Roadtrippers users claim that the app allows them to seamlessly plan a route that encompasses all the best sights of any city. You’ll discover historic locations, scenic views, interesting museums, delicious dining - and hotels within a short distance of all of the above. When you find a great place you can save it, share it with your friends, or get in-app directions to begin driving there right away. Whether you’re taking a cross-country trip or a down-the-road getaway, Roadtrippers will help you make every mile count. Price: Free.

4. Safe Driver - Parents, if you’re considering handing over the keys to your newly licensed teenager, Safe Driver might be the app for you. It’s intended to monitor the location and driving practices of newly licensed teens. Parents appreciate the alerts they can receive via text or email when their child exceeds a specific speed; the alerts also show where the infraction occurred. While it may not be the most popular app with teenagers, Safe Driver does encourage young drivers to develop healthy driving habits with limited supervision. Safe Driver is compatible with iOS devices. Price: Free; pro version available for $4.99

5. EverDrive - Another app aimed at encouraging safe driving practices, EverDrive makes driving fun by encouraging friendly competition. At the end of each trip, this free app will show trip summaries, give details on driving maneuvers, and offer useful feedback on that data to help you become a better driver. It automatically detects starts and stops, making it easy to use. You can then compete with your friends, family, and other drivers to improve your driving skills and increase your rankings. Price: Free.

Stay tuned for Part Two of our app roundup. We hope you’ll join us in our commitment to keeping Arkansas roads safe. In the meantime, have you downloaded the new Taylor King app? From uploading photos to pinpointing your exact accident location, our new app keeps clients connected like never before. That’s part of our promise to be On Your Side, By Your Side.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident or were the victim of another type of accident, you may have legal rights to compensation for your injuries and losses. Taylor King offers a FREE consultation to anyone who thinks they may have a case; call today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK, visit our website at taylorkinglaw.com, or download the free Taylor King app to begin your evaluation today.

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BOO! Just kidding; my costume isn’t anything scary this year for Halloween…I’M A LAWYER! Don’t I look the part?

When I dress up, I like to look AND act the part, so I decided it would be a good idea to interview some of the attorneys at Taylor King Law and learn about their Halloween faves.

What’s a funny Trick-Or-Treating story from when you were little?

Joe Woodward: “My favorite memory of trick-or-treating is probably the year we came home to find my dad, whom we had left in charge of the house, making kids he deemed “too old” for trick or treating beat him in a dance-off to get their candy.”

Taylor King: “When I was young we lived out in the country, so we did not have a neighborhood to ask for candy. So my mother would always take me and my brother Mark into town where the houses were closer together. I can remember this one especially unfriendly lady who ran us off her block because we weren’t "her neighborhood" kids. It’s one of those childhood memories that pops back up from time to time, and it reminds me to always work hard at being inclusive when it comes to my neighbors and the people with whom I come into contact.”

What was your favorite Halloween Costume and what will you be this year?

Bret Thompson: “Favorite goes to a (cute) pirate. This year I'll be dressed up as Mr. Dad, but my boys are going to go as Batman, Leonardo, and a pumpkin.”

Taylor King: “Definitely Batman! My brother Mark was always my wingman, Robin. But this year I am going to be my favorite President, LBJ.”

Joshua Adkerson: “NINJA! And obviously, I’m going to be a Ninja again this year!”

Mark Pearson: “My all-time favorite was the RED Power Ranger- specifically Red. This year I’m going as Forest Gump.”

Any Halloween Traditions (past or current)?

Taylor King: “Enjoying the decorations and vowing never to watch scary movies!”

Joshua Adkerson: “No doubt, Haunted Houses!”

Jay Neal: “I always enjoy dressing up with my girls for Halloween. I think this year we're planning on being characters from the Wizard of Oz.”

Rusty Mitchell: “This year, for Halloween, I'm going to the Tiny Hands Monster Bash. It’s a costume party and fundraiser for the Family Home of Little Rock. The Family Home provides a place to stay for folks who live outside of Little Rock and are receiving cancer treatment at UAMS. The Family Home also provides a place to stay for parents with babies in the NICU at UAMS. The party is a lot of fun, and has a silent auction, raffles, etc. Great folks, good times, and for a great cause.”

Do you have a favorite Halloween Candy? What candy do you pass out at your home?

Taylor King: “I like lots of plain M&Ms, candy corn, and frozen 3 Musketeers bars! But I typically pass out Snickers; I found out they make me and the rest of the world less Hangry.”

Bret Thompson: “For me it’s KitKats all the way! But I give out a variety of the classics. You know: M&M’s, Snickers, Milky Ways.”

Joshua Adkerson: “Bret is right…KitKats are the best, but I hand out Sixlets and Nerds.”

LAST! What is your best Halloween Safety Tip?

Taylor King: “Wear reflective colors/clothes. Not only will you be safe; what’s cooler than a glow-in-the-dark costume?”

Bret Thompson: “Don't dress in all dark clothing, and don’t go alone!”

Jay Neal: “My family likes to stay off the street and go to Fall Festivals at churches and community centers for fun and games and a protected enclosed environment.”

Joe Woodward: “The best Halloween safety tip I have is to use the buddy system!”

Joshua Adkerson: “Don’t go to a house without a light on.”

Mark Pearson: ”Always travel in groups!”

Happy Halloween from all the lawyers (including me!) at Taylor King Law!

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Have you heard the news? Taylor King Law recently launched its mobile application (app, for the tech-savvy amongst us). If you follow along with us on social media, you may have already seen or downloaded the app.

Why an app? At Taylor King Law, we’re committed to offering our clients – past, present, and future – the best possible service. We believe that exceptional service should be accessible and responsive, and our new app will help our clients stay better connected than ever before.

The Taylor King app features tools to take you from the first minutes after a car accident through the final settlement of your case. Anyone who drives or travels in a car will find its features helpful. It truly is for everyone!

Keep reading to explore some of our favorite user-friendly features.

Home Screen Custom

Instantly Submit a Case Evaluation Form
Do you have a case? This question greets you when you open the Taylor King app. At Taylor King Law, we offer a FREE case consultation to everyone who contacts us. Now you can begin that consultation directly through the app, making it easier than ever before.

Simply click “Tap Here” on the app Home screen, complete the required fields, tell us about your accident, and click “Submit.” Your submission will go straight to our firm, where an Intake Specialist will review your case and contact you as soon as possible.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can always contact us by calling 1-800-CAR-WRECK or completing the form at www.taylorkinglaw.com.

Send Photos
While taking photos of the accident scene is one of the most important steps to take after a car wreck in Arkansas, you (our clients) told us that getting the photos to your lawyer could be difficult. We heard you! That’s why you can now submit photos to your Taylor King Team with the push of a button from the TKL app.

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” and that’s never truer than when you’ve been the victim of a personal injury or car accident. Photos can provide solid, irrefutable evidence and settle “he said, she said” disputes. Your personal injury lawyer can use photos to build a solid case in your favor. Learn how to add another layer of credibility to your photos: Location Tagging: The Smartphone Feature You Need to Enable.

Call Us
When you’re ready to give us a call, the app is here to help. On the Home screen you’ll see a “Call Us” button. The phone numbers for each of our five offices throughout the state are available at the click of a button.

Of course, you can always call 1-800-CAR-WRECK, where your call will be answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Get Directions
Similarly, the Directions button allows you to select any of the five Arkansas law office locations. Simply click on the location nearest you, and the Maps app will open with GPS directions.

We look forward to your visit!

Menu Custom

Mark Your Accident
Under the “More” menu option at the bottom right of your screen, you’ll find an important tool for anyone who’s been involved in a car wreck: Mark Your Accident.

You can drop a “pin” at your current location, which will be saved in the app. This is important because it will allow your attorney to pinpoint the exact location of the accident.

Other Features
As you explore the Taylor King app, you’ll see many more features that we hope you find useful. You can connect with our social media accounts, see office hours and holiday hours, opt in to our mailing list, and even watch our commercials on YouTube.

Download the Taylor King App Today!
Available on both iOS and Android, the app is fast and free to download.

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taylor-king-law/id1195239782?ls=1&mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_taylorkinglaw.layout

The Taylor King Law Promise: On Your Side, By Your Side
At Taylor King Law, our promise is to be On Your Side, By Your Side. As technology changes, we are committed to finding new, better ways to serve and connect with our clients. The Taylor King app offers yet another path to providing exceptional legal service to our neighbors in Arkansas.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident or have another personal injury, help is just a call or click away. Download the Taylor King app, call us at 1-800-CAR-WRECK, or visit www.taylorkinglaw.com to begin your FREE consultation. We’ll be On Your Side, By Your Side every step of the way

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Has your family been affected by mesothelioma or an asbestos-related cancer? You’re not alone. Each year in Arkansas, people are exposed to cancer-causing asbestos, some of whom will develop mesothelioma as a result.

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos exposure is not always obvious. A naturally-occurring group of minerals, asbestos has been used in building materials because it resists heat and corrosion. Today, asbestos is widely recognized as an extreme health hazard, and its use is highly regulated by OSHA and the EPA. Unfortunately, asbestos fibers remain in many older buildings across Arkansas.

How Do I Know if I’ve Been Exposed to Asbestos in Arkansas?
Construction workers who repeatedly worked in older industrial buildings, or with construction materials containing asbestos, are most at risk for heavy asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure occurs when you inhale the fibers. Some fibers can attach to the membranes of lungs and other internal organs, eventually causing cancerous cells to rapidly produce in the mesothelial membrane that lines most of our organs. Because the fibers are too small to see, victims of asbestos exposure are often unaware that they are inhaling dangerous fibers.

Unfortunately, the average homeowner may also be at risk for asbestos exposure. It was frequently used in building materials in homes built before the 1980s, and even simple home repairs that stir up asbestos can bring you into contact with the fibers.

Risk Factors for Mesothelioma
Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma, a cancer that occurs in the thin layers of tissue that cover your internal organs. It most often occurs in the lungs, but may be found more rarely in the tissues surrounding the abdomen, heart, and testicles.

Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer, made worse by the fact that it can develop 20 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. Symptoms often do not occur until the disease is in advanced stages.

Symptoms of mesothelioma vary based on the cancer’s location in the body. Because this cancer is rare and develops long after asbestos exposure, symptoms are often mistakenly diagnosed as other conditions. That’s why it’s important to see your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain under the rib cage
  • Painful coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest or abdomen
  • Sudden or unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal pain and swelling

Be sure to share the details of your asbestos exposure with your doctor. It’s important to find a medical professional you can trust to discuss your symptoms and walk through the possible diagnosis.

Are there Treatments Available for Arkansas Patients with Mesothelioma?
Because mesothelioma often reaches advanced stages before doctors are able to diagnose it, a cure may not be possible for many patients. However, there are several different treatment options that a doctor may recommend. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Arkansas, you can decide with your family whether you wish to pursue an aggressive plan of treatment, or would prefer to focus on quality of life.

Possible treatments:

  • Surgery to remove the cancerous tissue, remove an affected lung, or decrease fluid buildup in the chest.
  • Chemotherapy, which can shrink or slow the growth of cancerous cells
  • Radiation, which may be used after surgery or as a stand-alone treatment to reduce symptoms
  • Clinical trials, in which people with mesothelioma may try new types of treatment, such as biological therapy or gene therapy.

If I have Mesothelioma, How Can a Lawyer Help?
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have legal rights to compensation. The Asbestos Awareness Center recommends contacting a lawyer right away to discuss your case and review legal options.

At Taylor King Law, we understand that no amount of money can bring back your health or quality of life. However, a successful mesothelioma lawsuit or court settlement can help cover the cost of medical expenses and provide peace of mind. You should never have to fear for your family’s future in this already difficult situation.

Taylor King can help you find peace in the midst of the battle against mesothelioma. With more than 20 years of experience in Arkansas, our firm will be your local, trusted contact throughout your case. We have offices across Arkansas for your convenience, but if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you. Our investigators are glad to meet you at your home.

Call Taylor King Law for an Arkansas Lawyer You Can Trust
At Taylor King Law, our team is ready to stand On Your Side, By Your Side. We will work with the nation’s best mesothelioma lawyers and experts to ensure you receive the outcome that you deserve.

It all begins with a phone call: dial 1-800-CAR WRECK (800-227-9732) to begin your free, no-obligation consultation with Taylor King today. You can also complete the form on our website to submit your information. You’re one call away from getting help today.

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As you all know, I am a pup with style. I follow all the fashion rules: no white after Labor Day, pastels in the spring, and warmer colors in the fall.

So I was understandably shocked when October rolled around and I began seeing shades of pink EVERYWHERE. I’m not just talking about people wearing magenta, which would have been more acceptable, but there were shades of baby pink, bubble gum pink, Barbie pink , hot pink, light pink, even Tickle Me Pink!!!

It was even impacting sports. I saw team after team of football players and cheerleaders incorporating these colors into their uniforms!

After I ensured my vision wasn’t going wonky, I did what any good pup does when they need a question answered: Google. And lo and behold, typing “pink” in the search engine yielded these top three results: pink ribbon, pink ribbon breast cancer, and pink cancer awareness. I have a nose for a good cause, and I could tell I had just hit jackpot!

As it turns out, everyone hasn’t changed the fashion trends on me. Instead, National Breast Cancer Month is recognized during the month of October in hopes of raising money to fund breast cancer research as well as bringing awareness to the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and early detection through annual screening tests can catch the cancer when it is easier to treat. This increases a woman’s chances of getting proper treatment and living a long, full life.

I’ll wearing my special pink flower all month long in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – I hope people who stop to compliment my style will come away with increased awareness of how this disease impacts so many women.

I hope you’ll join me in spreading a little pink around your community throughout October. If you’d like to do more, there are many fundraisers that support cancer research – ever heard of “Race for the Cure?” Lace up your running shoes this weekend, October 14, and jog a 5K for a cause. Not a runner? You can also donate to help the foundation reach its goal! Find a race or make a donation here: Race for the Cure.

Many of us at Taylor King Law have a friend or loved one who has been impacted by breast cancer. We are committed to supporting breast cancer research and raising awareness for early detection.

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Surprise parties are fun, but surprises in the courtroom rarely end in your favor. That’s why the process called “discovery” is so important to a personal injury case. When it comes to personal injury lawsuits in Arkansas, attorneys begin preparing long before they ever set foot in a courtroom. Throughout the discovery process, attorneys for both the plaintiff and defendant will work hard to uncover and disclose all relevant facts in a case.

If you’re currently filing a claim for injuries related to a car accident, premises liability case, Social Security Disability Insurance, or another type of personal injury, your attorney has likely mentioned the importance of the discovery process. You might find the following information helpful when it comes to understanding your own case.

Of course, if you have any specific questions about your situation or injury, it’s always best to consult a lawyer. Taylor King Law offers free consultations to discuss your potential case; you can call 1-800-CAR-WRECK to speak with an experienced, local personal injury lawyer.

Although each state may have its own specific laws regarding the discovery process, it generally involves five steps.

  1. In the first step, Disclosure, the lawyers for both the plaintiff and defendant will request certain items from the other party. They will draw up a list of items and send it to the other party; once received, the opposing counsel is required to respond within 30 days.
  2. Next, your attorney will send Interrogatories to the defendant or his/her attorney. This is a set of questions that the defendant must answer, and again, a response is required within 30 days. Questions may be broad or very specific; if you feel that a question is unfair, your lawyer can help you decide whether or not to answer it.
  3. The third step is the Request for Production. This is a request for documents like bank statements, statements of income, or any other documents that your attorney feels will help your case. The specific documents you request will depend on the unique details of your case.
  4. Then comes the Request for Admission. Using all of the information they’ve gathered up to this point, your lawyer will create a written list of facts about the case, the defendant, or the defendant’s actions. The defendant will be asked to either admit (thus the name of this step) or deny each fact.
  5. The final step of discovery is the Deposition. A deposition is a sworn statement that can be used in a court of law. In this formal interview, a member of the opposing counsel will ask questions, and a court reporter will make a transcript, writing down everything said by both parties. If you’re a victim of personal injury, your lawyer will arrange to take a deposition with the defendant and any witnesses there may be. The defendant’s attorney will want to take a deposition with you, as well.
    The length of time of a deposition varies; it may be over in a few hours, or it could stretch over a period of days. Your attorney will work hard to ensure you’re fully prepared before beginning your deposition.

Honesty is key throughout each step of the discovery process. You’ll need to share all the details of your personal injury case with your lawyer, which is why it’s so important to hire someone you trust and with whom you feel comfortable.

At Taylor King Law, we work hard to earn your trust and to help you get the compensation you deserve. Many people are intimidated by the legal process, but our experienced attorneys will answer all of your questions and make the process as simple as possible. We’ll be On Your Side, By Your Side, every step of the way. You can begin with a FREE consultation today. Call Taylor King at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732) or submit an online form at www.taylorkinglaw.com. Let our experienced team go to work for you!

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How’s it going, everyone? As you already know, I’m a dog of MANY talents: I write my own songs (see Bradi Bear’s Dog Park Ode for proof) and star in commercials. I balance working at a law office AND keeping up a social life at the park.

SHOOT, people - I have my own blog, and I am only three years old! Anyways I’m telling you all of this because I have recently discovered yet another talent of mine…. I’m a pretty funny comedian. Don’t believe me? I’ll share a few jokes. Get ready to actually LOL…

Q: What do you call a dinosaur in a car accident?
A: A tyrannosaurus wreck.

Q: What kind of cars to cats drive?
A: Catillacs

Q: Why did the dog cross the road?
A: To get to the “barking” lot!

Q: Why did the policeman give the sheep a ticket?
A: He made an illegal ewe turn.

Q: What kind of snakes are found on cars?
A: Windshield Vipers

Q: What do bees do if they want to use public transport?
A: Wait at a buzz stop!

Q: What is the difference between a car and a bull?
A: A car only has one horn

Q: What’s the fastest dog in the world?
A: A Labraghini

Q: What happens when a frog’s car breaks down?
A: It gets toad.

Q: What do you call a cat in a station wagon?
A: car-pet

For more fun reads like this one, check out some of my other blogs!

Bradi Bear's Cookbook Recipes for Sweet Treats and Safe Driving

Bradi Bear's Christmas Carol Remix


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Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance in Arkansas?

Medical conditions and chronic injuries leave thousands of Arkansans wondering how they’ll pay their bills. This financial hardship is partly caused by the high cost of ongoing treatment, expensive emergency services, or procedures that insurance will not cover. However, it goes beyond medical bills. Many people with chronic injuries or health conditions are unable to work full time, which limits their ability to hold a steady job and care for their families.

If this describes you, you are not alone. You are also not without options. The Social Security Administration offers benefit programs specifically for people with ongoing medical conditions. If you’re approved for one of these programs, you’ll receive monthly assistance to help ease your financial stress.

What benefit programs are available under Social Security?
There are two disability programs under Social Security: Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Income (SSI).

The two programs have some distinct differences. SSDI is a benefit program for workers who have “paid into” the Social Security system for multiple years. They can receive benefits through the Social Security treasury when they are unable to work for an extended period of time due to a medical condition. The medical condition must be expected to last at least one year or result in death. SSI, on the other hand, is a needs-based program intended to help individuals with very low incomes who are either elderly, blind, or disabled. It’s funded by taxes.

How can you know if you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?
The national Social Security Administration lays out the following guidelines for anyone applying for these benefits:

  • You are age 18 or older
  • You do not currently receive benefits on your own Social Security Record
  • You are unable to work because of a medical condition. This condition is expected to last for at least one full year or result in death. 
  • Your previous application has not been denied in the last 60 days.


Can I receive SSDI or SSI while working?
To be approved for SSDI, you can’t earn above the threshold of what’s considered “substantial gainful activity” (SGA), which is $1,170 per month for 2017. The SGA is adjusted annually. If your monthly income without SSDI is more than $1,170, then you are not considered a disabled worker and will be denied SSDI benefits. Only work income is considered for SSDI; other income, like investments, are not included in the SGA limit.

For SSI, there’s a limit of around $1500/month on all forms of income, both earned and unearned (investments, etc). This cap applies both when you’re in the process of applying for SSI and once you’ve been approved and begin receiving SSI.

How can I begin the process of applying for SSDI?
You can now submit an online application through the Social Security Administration website at https://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability. You’ll want to begin by printing and review the Adult Disability Application Checklist to ensure you have all the needed information. Next, you’ll complete the Disability Benefit Application itself. This application is lengthy; it requires you to answer questions about yourself, your medical condition, and your work. Finally, you’ll need to submit a Medical Release Form.

After receiving all of the required information, the Social Security Administration will send you an application confirmation. Then they’ll review the application, contact you if more information is needed, inform you if your family members are eligible to receive benefits on your record, process your application, and then mail you their decision. The process is lengthy and complex, so you can expect for it to take between 3-5 months if there are no complications.

Find a Social Security Disability Insurance Lawyer in Arkansas Today
If you have questions about whether you qualify for either SSDI or SSI, or applied for Social Security benefits and have been denied, the lawyers at Taylor King Law are ready to help. With extensive experience working with insurance, the Social Security Administration, and other government members, our team can help you make sense of the complex process of applying for SSDI and ensure you get the benefits you deserve. You don’t have to walk this road alone; Taylor King will be On Your Side, By Your Side. Call today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (800-227-9732) to begin your FREE consultation, or visit our website at https://www.taylorkinglaw.com/ .

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Taylor King Law has some BIG NEWS! Two, I repeat: TWO of our attorneys passed the Arkansas Bar last week! We all would like to congratulate Mark Pearson and Robbie White for this huge accomplishment!

Since these are two of the newest members of our Taylor King Law team, I wanted to get to know them a little better. I thought you, our friends, might like to meet them as well! So I gave them a call and put together what I like to call Bradi Bear’s Fave Five (copyright coming soon). Enjoy!

1. Why did you decide to become a Lawyer?

Mark Pearson: I decided to become a lawyer because I wanted a challenging career. A lawyer is faced with many complex problems on a daily basis, and I love that.

Robbie White: I am very competitive, and I love to argue.

2. What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Mark: I collect vinyl records; anything from the Rolling Stones to Kendrick Lamar. I also love traveling and experiencing new cultures and people.

Robbie: I love golfing, hunting, watching sports, Netflix bingeing, playing board games, and hanging out with my wife and our cat, Reese.

3. What is your favorite drink from Sonic?

Mark: The OG: Cherry Limeade.

Robbie: Ocean Water, because it turns your tongue blue!

4. What is your favorite thing about your job?

Mark: As a former athlete, I enjoy the preparation, competition, and excitement of success that comes with being a trial attorney.

Robbie: When people need someone to turn to, I get to help them and give them advice.

5. If you HAD to choose, would you rather have a rawhide chew or a tennis ball?

Mark: Rawhide!

Robbie: Tennis ball. Every time.

Our two new attorneys had some great answers! Although they have a few differences (personally, I think the rawhide vs. tennis ball debate can be VERY polarizing), they love working hard and helping clients like the rest of our team at Taylor King Law!

If you’ve been injured in Arkansas and need legal help, Mark, Robbie, and the rest of our legal team will be ready to help. With offices across Arkansas, you’re never far from a Taylor King Law office. They’ll be On Your Side, By Your Side – and I heard they’ll throw in a squeaky toy if you ask nicely!

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September is National Courtesy Month, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With all that’s happening in America, including devastating storms and flooding, who doesn’t need a bit of extra kindness in their day?

In Arkansas, we pride ourselves on our southern hospitality (and home-cooked meals), but for the month of September, the Taylor King Law team hopes to be even more courteous and respectful to our friends and neighbors. One area where it’s easy to practice showing consideration to others? The road, of course! We’ve rounded up the best tips and brushed up on Arkansas law to ensure that you’ll be prepared to dish out an extra dose of kindness on your morning commute.

Read on to learn how you can observe National Courtesy Month while driving down the road.

  • Don’t Be a Litterbug (Even by Accident)! Of course, you should never throw trash on the ground, whether you’re sitting in a parking lot or driving down the interstate. However, people often litter without realizing it when trash or debris from the back of a truck or car flies out onto the road. Be sure to secure any trash bags, boxes, or other objects in the bed of a truck, and keep windows rolled up if you have unsecured items in your car. If you have a flat tire, be sure not to leave any evidence behind; it’s illegal to leave old tires or other tools by the side of the road in Arkansas.

  • Yield When Needed. Arkansas has quite a few laws that determine when drivers should yield, and to whom. You can read these traffic laws for yourself in the 2016 Arkansas Code via Justia, but we’ll share two tried-and-true rules: 1) Always yield the right of way to pedestrians. There are traffic lights and crosswalks that govern where pedestrians should cross the road, but even if someone is breaking the law and walking in the road or crossing at an undesignated area, drivers are still required to yield to them and avoid a collision if at all possible. 2) Yield any time that failure to do so would cause an accident. If another driver fails to observe a stop sign or yield sign, and you’re able to yield and avoid the collision, you must do so. 

  • Move Over and Stop for Emergency Vehicles. Have you noticed that some drivers pull over the side of the road and stop when they see an emergency vehicle, like an ambulance or police car with its sirens blaring, approaching? They’re actually following Arkansas law. An article in the Arkansas Code states as much: “Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle, when the driver is giving audible signal by siren, exhaust whistle, or bell, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.” However, that does not absolve the emergency vehicle’s driver from taking property precautions and driving responsibly. 

  • Stop for Frightened Horses (Yes, Really). The following statute appears in Arkansas Code: If a horse being ridden or driven down any street, road, or highway appears frightened by an approaching motor vehicle, “it shall be the duty of the person driving or conducting the motor vehicle to cause it to come to a full stop until the horse shall have passed and, if necessary, assist in preventing an accident.”

At Taylor King Law, we seek to treat each client as our friend and neighbor. That’s part of our promise to be On Your Side, By Your Side. Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident, motorcycle wreck, or big truck collision? You may have legal rights to compensation, which can help you pay your medical bills and property damage and get back on your feet. Taylor King offers a free consultation to everyone who calls or submits an online case form. Call 1-800-CAR WRECK today to learn how we can help you get the settlement you deserve.

Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen.

Asbestos products have been a part of the United States industrial and commercial enterprises since the late 19th Century, but their production and use greatly increased during World War II.

Working with asbestos is the greatest risk factor associated with, and an indisputable cause of mesothelioma.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain, shortness of breath, and fluid buildup in the lungs. Oftentimes, though, symptoms may not occur until the illness is well advanced. Mesothelioma cancer can take decades (10 to 50 years) to develop, and early symptoms are typically vague.

Timely expert diagnosis is vital; considering symptoms can be mistaken for the warning signs of other conditions. In fact, most people in the early stages of mesothelioma cancer will experience no symptoms at all.

Who is Affected?

Millions of workers, military personnel, teachers and school children have been exposed to asbestos and continue to be exposed today, even though large-scale asbestos removal efforts have been in place for decades. People commonly affected include:

  • Military Personnel                    
  • Plumbers
  • Shipyard Workers                    
  • Construction Workers
  • Electricians                                
  • Mechanics
  • Boilermakers 
  • Firefighters                                
  • Miners
  • Insulators                                  
  • Iron Workers
  • Welders                                    
  • Paper Mill Workers
  • Railroad Workers                      
  • ...etc


Anyone exposed to asbestos may be at risk. Asbestos was commonly used in building materials, insulation, auto parts, and as a fire retardant in a range of industrial, military, commercial and household products. Asbestos exposure may result from:

  • Mining or milling materials                          
  • Fireproofing the superstructures of buildings or ships
  • Maintaining railroad or automotive brakes    
  • Insulating pipes and ductwork
  • During the demolition of structures              
  • Being near a road paved with crushed serpentine stone
  • Living near an asbestos mine                      
  • Handling the work clothes of asbestos miners or millers
  • Working in a building insulated with asbestos


What to Do Next?

If you suspect that you or a family member could have been exposed to asbestos fibers, it is vital that you contact an attorney and that you obtain a medical diagnosis and treatment from an expert familiar with asbestos-related treatment. This may include an oncologist or pulmonologist. The best way to prevent mesothelioma is early detection.

Consider contacting an attorney right away. Our lawyers work with victims throughout the country to pursue the compensation they deserve for their complications and costs. We can help you pay for needed cancer treatments, help secure your family's future, and hold those responsible, accountable. We have built an extensive database of asbestos defendants/job sites nationwide, identifying working conditions, products, materials, policies and liabilities relating to asbestos with solid evidence.

We can help you identify when and where your exposure to asbestos happened, which is one of the first steps in helping you gain access to the compensation you deserve.

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Hey everyone! A VERY big day is coming up. It is one of my faves because 1) it’s a holiday; 2) it’s for a good cause; and 3) it’s ALL ABOUT DOGS.

You guessed it, National Dog Day falls on August 26!

So what’s so special about August 26? I wanted to get to the bottom of this, so I did what I also do when top-notch snooping is needed: a Google search.

As it turns out, National Dog Day is August 26 because that is when the holiday’s founder, Colleen Paige, adopted her first shelter pup. She seemed like a pretty cool human to me - after all, she established this important day - so I decided to read more!

National Dog Day isn’t simply a day to post selfies with your pets (although I’m always up for a selfie). Its purpose is to raise awareness about the pups who love you as pets, protect you as police dogs, guide you as service dogs, and much, much more!

This got me thinking about how I can contribute on National Dog Day. I talked to Taylor King and we agreed that car rides are 10x more fun with a pup in the seat next to you. I mean, HOW COOL is it to watch me with the window down, wind in my face, and tongue out?! No one ever makes a Facebook video of humans hanging out the window, I’m just saying.

This led to a startling realization: I’m one of the only pups I know who regularly wears her seatbelt! I then knew it was MY DUTY on Dog Day to get the word out about how to drive safely with your pet! Get out your pen and takes some notes…

Medium- to large-sized dogs are always safest when secured with a harness while in the car. Small dogs should ride in carriers. It sounds simple, right? But for some reason, two out three dog owners let their pups ride with no harness, carrier, leash...nothing! We have to get those numbers DOWN, y’all.

We all know it’s dangerous for humans to ride without a seatbelt. That’s why it’s against the law. We dogs need the same protection from the people who love us! National Dog Day is a great day to begin securing your pet safely in the car.

lawn mowing safety taylor king law arkansas

We often emphasize the importance of safe driving, and for good reason: the average American spends approximately 293 hours in the car each year. But there’s another piece of machinery that many of us operate for several hours each month, and it doesn’t even require an operating license! Can you guess what it might be?

If you guessed a lawn mower, you’re correct.

The first lawn mower, a non-motorized blade-reel push mower, was invented in 1830 by Edwin Budding near Gloucestershire, England. In 1914, the first gas-powered lawn mower was manufactured in the United States by the Ideal Mower Co. This same company introduced the world’s first self-propelled, riding lawn mower in 1922.

Lawn mowers have come a long way in their nearly 200 years of existence, and many homeowners consider owning one a necessity. Today, driving a riding lawn mower looks much less like grueling work and more like simply going for a ride.

Unfortunately, it’s a ride that sends more than 80,000 people to the emergency room each year. While a very small number of those injuries lead to death, the most common lawn mower-related injuries include amputation of toes and feet.

And the biggest risk is often to children, experts say. Why so? Adults often show less vigilance in keeping children away from lawn mowers than from other dangerous pieces of equipment. The blades on lawn mowers are also usually not visible, so young children may not realize the danger. Furthermore, a riding lawn mower often appears “fun,” like an amusement park ride, and children want to participate.

Obviously, you shouldn’t stop caring for your lawn in the name of safety. But there are precautions you can take to ensure that you and your loved ones don’t become the victim of a lawn mower accident. Here are a few top tips from the experts:

  1. Dress for the job. While you may be tempted to dress as coolly as possible to beat the summer heat, you should always wear protective clothing when you operate a lawn mower or other lawn equipment. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and gloves will provide some protection. Pick up a pair of safety goggles at your local hardware store, too.
  2. Clear rocks and other debris from the yard before you mow. Though you can’t see it, the lawn mower’s blade is rotating very quickly - up to 200 mph. Rocks can quickly become dangerous projectiles if you run over them while mowing, injuring yourself or others around you, and damaging your home or vehicle.
  3. Never let children ride on the lawn mower with you. While many Arkansans consider this a rite of passage, experts agree that it’s a really bad idea. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should be 12 years old before they begin operating a push mower, and 16 years old before driving a riding mower. Make it clear to your children that mowing is a job, not a game. Better yet, keep all children and pets indoors when you mow to help guarantee their safety - and your peace of mind.
  4. Stay parallel. Few of us are fortunate enough to have a completely flat yard, and yet, mowing on slopes can bring added challenges. You may risk having the mower roll back on you if you have a push mower, and if you’re riding, the mower could tip over on a steep angle. To avoid this, be sure to mow side-to-side (parallel) on the slope, rather than up and down it.

Much of the time, lawn mower accidents are caused by user error. If you prepare correctly and mow with caution, the majority of injuries can be avoided. But are there ever times when injury is unavoidable?

Like all other products, it’s possible for there to be defects in the lawn mower - either with its parts or its production. There have been cases where a mower’s gas tank exploded and severely injured the operator, and where a faulty brake or blade system caused harm to the user through no fault of their own. In cases such as these, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your suffering.

If a judge or jury determines that your injuries were caused by a combination of defective products and user negligence, your recovery may be reduced, or they may decline to award damages.

If another person’s negligence while operating a lawn mower left you or a loved one with injuries, that person may be held responsible. Contact Taylor King Law today if you have questions or would like to get a free, no-obligation consultation from a qualified personal injury lawyer in Arkansas. Our experienced team of attorneys and support staff are always ready to be On Your Side, By Your Side. Get started by calling 1-800-CAR-WRECK (1-800-227-9732) or completing the form on our website.

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Backpacks are filled with notebooks and pencils, lunches are packed, and bulletin boards are decorated - it’s Back to School time in Arkansas! Many school districts in Arkansas are already back in session, and the rest will follow suit in the coming weeks.

Your children may be ready to ace their new classes, but you face a different test each morning and afternoon: school zone driving safety.

Whether you cross paths with school buses on your morning commute, see children boarding the bus in your neighborhood, or drive through a school zone near your local campus, Back to School season requires heightened safety awareness from Arkansas drivers. Taylor King is here to give you a crash course in school-related driving safety to ensure you’ll get an “A” each time you get behind the wheel.

1.  Stop for School Buses.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but Arkansas school bus laws are commonly misunderstood. When a school bus stops on a roadway with either its red lights flashing or its stop sign raised, the law requires all vehicles traveling in BOTH directions to stop.

Most Arkansans are aware of this law on two- or three-lane city streets, but it also applies on multi-lane highways. The exception is when there is a median or dividing strip, such as a concrete barrier or large grassy strip dividing the lanes of traffic. Turning lanes are not considered a median.

This is important because much of Arkansas is rural, with buses stopping at houses on the edge of highways. Those highways, even those with a turning lane, do not have a median, which means that all traffic in BOTH directions must stop when a school bus is loading or unloading. We believe many drivers violate this law because they do not understand this specific situation, but we can all do our part to help educate our fellow drivers.

2. Be Vigilant Near Crosswalks.
Children often act impulsively and don’t always understand the safety risk of stepping into a road. That makes them particularly vulnerable to pedestrian/vehicle accidents.

While you should always come to full stop at stop signs and red-light intersections, it’s especially important to do so when children are nearby. Stop fully, look both ways, and proceed with caution through the crosswalk. Even if you’ve followed all laws, you should still yield to pedestrians and avoid a collision if at all possible.

3. School Zone? Slow Down.
If you’ve grown accustomed to breezing through school zones in your community during the summer, it’s time to hit the brakes. Arkansas law states that “a person shall not operate a motor vehicle in excess of twenty-five miles per hour when passing a school building or school zone during school hours when children are present and outside the building.” It is also illegal to talk on the phone while driving through a school zone in Arkansas.

The law also requires ample signs and warnings to be posted at the beginning and end of the school zone, so you won’t be caught off guard - and you’ll have no excuse for speeding past a school.

“When children are present” refers to any time when children are present at crosswalks, sidewalks, roads, or highways that are part of a school zone. It also applies to situations where a traffic control person (such as a police officer) is present as well as any time that a sign-mounted light is flashing to warn you of a school zone.

Regardless of the time of day, it’s important to be alert and watchful any time you drive near a school building or zone. Early sports practices or late evening events may bring children to roads and sidewalks outside of the “normal” school hours. Watch closely and drive slowly.

The “Flashing Red, Kids Ahead” Safety Campaign

This is the fifth year for the “Flashing Red, Kids Ahead” safety campaign in Arkansas. The campaign seeks to remind drivers to stop when they see flashing red lights on a school bus (as discussed above).

Thanks to Isaac’s Law, named for Bryant elementary student Isaac Brian who was killed in 2004 after exiting his school bus, violating Arkansas school bus laws now carries a stiff penalty. Anyone convicted of passing a stopped school bus will face any combination of a fine of $250-$1000, up to 90 days in jail, driver's license suspension of 21 days to 1 year, and up to 400 hours of community service. And in cases like Isaac’s where the driver kills a student, he or she is guilty of negligent homicide, a class C felony.

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Do you have a vehicle financed through Wells Fargo? You may have been overcharged by Wells Fargo in connection with insurance related to your auto loan.

A recent news article has reported that more than 800,000 people who went through Wells Fargo for their car loans were charged for unnecessary auto insurance. Some people may still be paying for this unneeded coverage.

Contact us today at 1-800-CAR WRECK (1-800-227-9732) if you took out an auto loan from Wells Fargo and were required to buy insurance. We may be able to help you get your money back.

The insurance that Wells Fargo required was more expensive than auto insurance that customers had often already purchased on their own. This unneeded collision damage insurance pushed roughly 274,000 Wells Fargo customers into delinquency and resulted in nearly 25,000 wrongful vehicle repossessions.

According to the article, Wells Fargo borrowers suffered financial damages beyond the unnecessary insurance costs, including:

  • Repossession costs
  • Late fees
  • Charges for insufficient funds
  • Damage to consumers’ credit reports

If you have a Wells Fargo auto loan and sustained any of these damages, contact us to learn about your rights.

Wells Fargo did not always tell customers about their required auto insurance before it was imposed, and almost 100,000 of the insurance policies violated the disclosure requirements of five states:

  • Arkansas
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • Washington State

If you live in any of these states and had an auto loan from Wells Fargo, contact us today. As always, we are On Your Side, By Your Side.

arkansas car wreck taylor king law lost wages

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Arkansas, and another driver was at fault, you’re probably aware that you have legal rights to compensation for the physical injuries, medical treatment, and property damage you’ve experienced. But did you know that you may also be entitled to reimbursement for lost income?

This category of damages can be confusing for many people, but the personal injury lawyers at Taylor King Law are here to answer any questions you may have.

What falls under the category of “lost income?” ​Often referred to as “lost wages,” this includes any income during 1) the time that you were unable to work, and 2) any time you spent receiving treatment for your injuries from the accident. That time may range from a few days to several months, depending on the severity of your injuries and the length of your treatment plan.

Whether you work part-time or full-time, receive an hourly wage or monthly/yearly salary, work overtime hours or contract work, or are self-employed, ou’re still entitled to those lost wages. Never assume that your employment status or an unusual employment situation will negate your legal rights. Your lawyer can help walk through any situation in more detail.

What if I used sick leave or vacation days? ​Though you technically received payment if you used sick leave or “paid time off” (PTO) to cover days after the wreck when you were unable to work, there’s good news: The law states that you are still eligible to recover those wages.

Your loss of sick days or PTO is considered the same as losing the pay itself, since you would much rather have used those days for vacation time or other personal matters.

How can I be sure my lost wages will be included in the settlement amount? ​When it comes to lost income, the insurance company won’t simply take your word for it; you need proof. That’s why it’s vital to thoroughly document every day or hour you missed from work, as well as your hourly wage or yearly salary.

Taylor King Law provides every client with the tools they need to record every important detail of their case, including lost wages. When you communicate openly and honestly with your attorney, he or she can help ensure that nothing is forgotten or omitted.

Can I be reimbursed for lost opportunities, like missing a job interview or business meeting? ​This question is more complex, and the answer may depend on your situation. Lost opportunities are more difficult to quantify; that is, it’s hard to assign them a dollar amount as you would for missing days of work at an hourly rate. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t relevant, so it’s important to discuss all issues of lost income with a qualified Arkansas injury lawyer.

If you can build a strong case that your injuries led to the loss of a significant job or income opportunity, you may be able to receive added compensation from the at fault driver.

Have you been injured in a car accident, slip-and-fall accident, or other situation where another person’s negligence has left you unable to work, even for a short period of time? You may have legal rights to compensation. The Arkansas car wreck lawyers at Taylor King Law help accident victims just like you every day, all over the state. Call 1-800-CAR-WRECK today to begin your free consultation. Your legal team will help you document all lost wages so that you can get back on your feet and recover your financial losses. We’ll be on your side, by your side. You’re one call away from getting help today!

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August is a month full of celebrations! Not only is it my BIRTHDAY MONTH, but it’s also known as National Family Fun Month.

That in itself is an exciting thing, but for my family this year, it’s super-DUPER exciting news...you know why?! It just got a little bigger!

That’s right, Attorney Austin King and his wife Jillian had their first child last week!!! Taylor Woods King (named after the one and only Taylor King himself) is making everyone in the Taylor King family downright giddy. Apparently pups aren’t allowed in the hospital labor and delivery section, but everyone reported that he is very special.

I can’t wait to meet the little guy and do lots of FAMILY FUN THINGS together all of August. I’ve come up with a long list of all the activities I enjoy doing with Taylor King, and I’m hoping someday little Taylor Woods will like doing them too!

1. Water the Plants/Play in the Sprinklers: Ok, this may seem simple, but how fun (and productive) is it to cool off yourself, family, and your plants with some water hose fun?? You can play spray tag or build your own slip-and-slide with dish soap and a tarp!
2. Family-Style Meals: Not only can you all share and pass the food to one another during dinner or lunch, but you can also take it a step further and prepare the meal together! It can be so fun to work together and learn about washing, cutting, and cooking delicious food! Salad and pizza combos are always a crowd favorite, or you could go big and put all that Food Network binge-watching to good use! Either way, throw on an apron and get in the kitchen! Oh, and speaking of throwing - us pups wouldn’t mind if you’d throw some scraps on the floor!
3. Outdoors Sports! How about a good ol’ game of Frisbee (or fetch)?
4. I’m going to be honest, it is currently pretty warm for outdoor sports, so I’m offering up number 4: some good ol’ card games and board games in that air conditioning! I have a pretty good poker face, if I do say so myself.
5. Popcorn and a Movie Marathon: This combo just can’t be beat. Popcorn is such a tasty treat! Pick a favorite movie series and watch one movie every night (or once a week) all snuggled up with your family!
6. Try a new Sonic slush or half-priced milkshake (after 8:00 pm) once a week! Bonus: you can bring your puppy friend and sit outside at the picnic tables...the smell of french fries is doggy heaven!

Looking for ways to keep the family fun going all year long? Try this: at the start of each month, let each family member choose one thing they’d like to do as a family. You can set price limits and other parameters to keep things realistic. The only rule? You have to follow through! I guarantee you’ll make great memories and grow closer!

paw print transparent -Bradi Bear

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From being cut off in rush-hour traffic to being stuck behind a car driving 15 miles below the speed limit on our morning commute, we’ve all experienced careless drivers at one point or another. In fact, even the very best drivers among us have made a least a few mistakes while behind the wheel.

However, sometimes a driver’s behavior crosses the line from being a mere mistake or “bad manners” to a much more serious offense: reckless driving.

What is Reckless Driving?
In Arkansas, reckless driving is defined as driving in a manner “that indicates a wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” It’s a serious charge, and a reckless driving conviction can have a lasting impact. A convicted driver may face fines, jail time, and license suspension. More importantly, reckless behavior is likely to cause injury or even death for another person on the road. Arkansas police and judges take reckless driving seriously because it poses such a high risk for the innocent drivers and passengers who are sharing the road.

Which Behaviors are Considered Reckless in Arkansas?
It’s a long list, because any behavior that displays that “wanton disregard for safety” can be reckless.

Reckless behavior may include:
● Participating in racing other vehicles, whether or not you initiated the race
● Attempting to evade police or refusing to pull over when a police officer attempts a traffic stop
● Driving 20 miles per hour (or more) above the posted speed limit
● Refusing to stop at traffic signals or stop signs
● Failure to use turn signals when appropriate
● Driving while distracted by a cell phone or other electronic devices
● Driving without regard to weather or road conditions (such as construction zones)

What are the Penalties for Reckless Driving in Arkansas?
The severity of the penalty for reckless driving in Arkansas depends, in part, on the outcome of the driver’s actions. If a person is physically injured as a result, the reckless driver may be sentenced to 30 to 90 days in prison, a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000, or both.

Upon a second conviction where a person has suffered physical injuries, that conviction carries a punishment of 60 days to one year in jail, a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000, or both.

If the driver’s reckless actions did not cause physical injury, the penalty is less severe, though still serious. The first conviction yields either jail time of five to 90 days, a fine of $25 to $500, or both.

If the driver is convicted a second time within three years, that driver may be imprisoned for 30 days to six months, fined $500 to $1,000, or both.

You will also have to deal with the realities of paying higher insurance rates and having the conviction noted on your driving record and background checks.

How Can I Avoid Reckless Driving?
If you’re a driver, it’s pretty simple: stay focused on the task at hand and follow all national and local driving laws.

The majority of people who get behind the wheel each day in Arkansas are rational, thoughtful people. Drivers are not typically charged with reckless driving for driving a few miles over the speed limit or forgetting to use a turn signal when turning onto an empty street. However, that doesn’t make those behaviors ok. If you make it a habit to push the boundaries of traffic laws, you may find yourself pushing them further and further - and the results can be reckless.

How Can I Avoid Other Drivers who are Reckless?
That question is more difficult to answer. The truth is that wherever you are - morning or evening, weekday or weekend, country road or city street - another driver may make a reckless decision that puts you in danger. There’s no way to completely avoid that risk unless you stop traveling altogether.

Summer does seem to be an especially busy time for transit in Arkansas, however. With current low gas prices, longer daylight hours, summer destinations, and family road trips, many people traveling on Arkansas roadways. That’s why it’s particularly important to be alert and focused, both on your own driving and on the other cars around you.

What Should I Do If I am the Victim of a Reckless Driver?
If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless driver, you may have legal rights to compensation. The personal injury lawyers at Taylor King Law work every day to help Arkansas accident victims like you. When you call 1-800-CAR-WRECK, you’ll get a free consultation with Taylor King and professional advice about your case. We’ll be on your side, by your side, every step of the way. You’re one call away from getting help today!

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Hey everybody! I thought I’d catch everyone up on a typical day at the park. And what better way to do so than with an original song?? So to the tune of the “Who Let the Dogs Out,” I give you...
“Who’s at the Dog Park!”

Who’s at the dog park? Who, who, who, who?!
Bradi’s at the dog park! Woof, woof, woof, woof!

When it’s nice outside, the park is bumpin'
Just hop in the car, we’ll have a ball
I tell momma to fasten that seat belt
Wherever we go we obey the law

Who’s at the dog park? Who, who, who, who?!
Bradi’s at the dog park! Woof, woof, woof, woof!

Routine at the park is pretty standard
I run, fetch, play, rest, repeat
All the pups play together
Then our owners give us treats

Who’s at the dog park? Who, who, who, who?!
Bradi’s at the dog park! Woof, woof, woof, woof!

After awhile the park gets heated
We all have fur coats after all
I bark goodbye to my pup-friends
And head on home with my tennis ball

Who’s at the dog park? Who, who, who, who?!
Bradi’s at the dog park! Woof, woof, woof, woof!

                                                                                              paw print transparent  -Bradi Bear


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When it comes to driving safely, most of us focus our attention on how to react to other vehicles on the road, whether that’s a car, motorcyle, or bicycle. But there’s another important group you may be forgetting: pedestrians.

Each year, nearly 5,000 people across the US are killed in motor-vehicle related accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. An additional 75,000 suffer injuries. These numbers come only from accidents that occur on public roadways, so that doesn’t include any car-related injuries that may occur on private land.

Why is pedestrian safety so vital? Car accidents can be devastating, of course, but vehicle passengers have some protection within the car’s frame and with seatbelts. Pedestrians are unprotected, so their resulting injuries are often catastrophic. Additionally, the most vulnerable pedestrians are children and people with disabilities; they may be less aware of their surroundings and less able to react quickly in an emergency situation.

The topic of pedestrian safety seems fraught with misconceptions, and today we’d like to debunk two of them. No matter how you like to travel, whether that’s in a car, on a motorcycle or bicycle, or on foot, it’s important to understand and obey the Arkansas laws related to pedestrians. Safety begins with awareness!

Myth #1: Pedestrians ALWAYS have the right-of-way (in other words; pedestrians rule the road).

It’s true that drivers ALWAYS have a duty to exercise caution and take “due care” to avoid striking any pedestrian, regardless of whether a crosswalk is present. However, Arkansas law states that if a person

is trying to cross a roadway outside of a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection (i.e. anywhere other than a marked crosswalk or intersection), he or she must yield right-of-way to the vehicles.

You may see how this could become a complicated issue if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle outside of a crosswalk area. The pedestrian failed to yield right-of-way, but the driver failed to exercise due care in avoiding the person. Avoid taking this risk and cross only in marked crosswalks or intersections, and  never assume that a car is going to stop, even if required by law.

The law also states that if traffic controls (stoplights) are present on a road, pedestrians must not cross between two adjacent intersections except in the crosswalk. If there is a “walk/don’t walk” traffic signal, you should only cross when the signal flashes “walk.”

Myth #2: Drivers are only required to stop or yield for pedestrians if a crosswalk is clearly marked with paint or signs.

There are two types of crosswalks: marked and unmarked. The concept of an unmarked crosswalk is often misunderstood. Generally, any intersection (where two roads cross at right angles) is understood to be an unmarked crosswalk. An unmarked crosswalk is found where the sidewalk would naturally extend into the road.

Arkansas law requires drivers to stop for pedestrians at any marked OR unmarked crosswalk - that includes street corners in small towns where there may be no traffic signals or lights. You may be driving through unmarked crosswalks each day without ever realizing it!

This is particularly important in more rural areas, where there may be few traffic signals, and on college campuses where there is heavy foot traffic.

While all 50 states have laws concerning pedestrian crossings and crosswalks, each state is different. To get an overview of your own state’s specific laws, take a look at this 50 State Summary from the National Conference of State Legislatures.


If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident where a car failed to yield to you as a pedestrian, you may have legal rights to compensation. The personal injury lawyers at Taylor King Law work every day to help Arkansas accident victims like you. We help all victims of car accidents, and that includes pedestrians and bicyclists. When you call 1-800-CAR-WRECK, you’ll get a free consultation with Taylor King, whether or not you hire our firm. We’ll be on your side, by your side, every step of the way. You’re one call away from getting help today!

boating safety, arkansas, taylor king law

We spend a lot of time emphasizing the importance of safe driving on Arkansas roads. But in the summer, you may find yourself spending less time in your car and more time on a boat!

It’s no wonder that many of us take to water to beat the heat; great getaways like Lake Hamilton, Lake Degray, and Greers Ferry Lake are just down the road for many of us. 

Spending time on the lake is meant to be relaxing, but unfortunately, many people apply that same sense of leisure to their boating skills. With more than 200,000 boats registered with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, there are a significant number of people on Arkansas water each day of the summer season. That’s why it’s so important to brush up on your boating safety knowledge before you hit the waves!

  1. Take a Boater’s Safety Course – and get certification. Arkansas, along with more than 40 other states, requires boaters to take an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Education Course before operating a boat on state waters. You can complete the course either online or with a classroom instructor. There’s an assessment at the end; once you pass, you’re able to operate a boat, including motorboats and sailboats. We took a look at the course material and trust us – there’s a lot to learn!
  2. Wear a Life Jacket. Arkansas law requires that anyone under the age of 13 wear a life jacket while boating, and all persons must wear life jackets while on a personal watercraft (like a jet ski). It also requires every boat to have a life jacket for each person on board. Drowning causes 7 out of every 10 boating fatality accidents, and 9 out of 10 drowning victims weren’t wearing a life jacket. Experts agree that wearing a life jacket is the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe around water. So why don’t more people wear them? The most common reason is concern over how they make you look or feel. However, the bulky orange life vests of years past are just that – past. Manufacturers now make life jackets in many colors, more comfortable and flattering cuts and fabrics, and multiple size options. It’s worth finding a life jacket that you’ll be proud to wear!
  3. Act Wisely about Weather. Keep a weather app on your phone and check it often. If bad weather is in the forecast, stay off the water, even if it hasn’t reached your area yet. Water and lightning don’t mix. This applies to all water activities, including canoeing and kayaking.
  4. Don’t Drink and Boat. Think of “drunk boating” in the same terms as drunk driving – it’s a serious offense. The state of Arkansas agrees; the penalty is the same for both. It is always illegal to operate or physically control (steer) a boat while under the influence of alcohol. Your first offense could leave you with up to a $1,000 fine, a six-month license suspension, and a year in jail – not to mention the risk you pose to other boaters and swimmers. If you plan to enjoy an alcoholic beverage on a boat, be sure that you will not need to operate it, even for a few minutes.
  5. Learn to Swim. Whether you’re 3 or 33 years old, it’s (almost) never too early or late to learn to swim. This is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your safety while near water, whether on boat or on shore. Many local pools offer swim lessons, and private instructors often advertise their services. Find a swim instructor near you today!

Whether on land or sea, the personal injury attorneys at Taylor King Law take safety seriously! We hope these tips will help keep your family safe as you soak up the Arkansas summer sun. 

Were you the victim of a car or boat accident where another person caused your injuries? You may have a legal claim for compensation. Call today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK to begin your FREE consultation with Taylor King. You can trust our experience Arkansas injury lawyers to be On Your Side, By Your Side. 

national grilling month, taylor king, fire safety

Warm sunshine on your face, a cool breeze blowing, and the smell of something delicious wafting over from the grill – what could be better?

There are few summer Arkansas activities we love more than a backyard barbecue. After all, July is National Grilling Month! Take a look at Bradi Bear’s latest blog post to learn about that: https://www.taylorkinglaw.com/blog-topics/bradi-bear-2/national-hot-dog-month.html

With so many families enjoying the long summer days gathered around their favorite grilled goodies, it’s probably no surprise that July is also the peak month for grill fires. Familiarize yourself with these quick tips to ensure your family fun isn’t interrupted by injuries – or a visit from the local fire department!

  1. Keep your grill where it belongs. Both propane and charcoal grills should always be used outdoors. Keep it a safe distance from your home, deck railings, and overhanging tree branches – anything that could be flammable. 
  2. Keep it clean. When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your grill? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to give it a scrub. A build up of grease can cause some serious flame flare-up, leading to burn injuries. Purchase a quality wire grill brush and use it each time you grill.  
  3. Keep close – but teach kids to keep their distance. You may be tempted to “set it and forget it,” but you should never leave your grill unattended. Children and pets are often curious about what’s cooking. It’s important to keep them at least 3 feet away from the grill at all times. Thermal burns are the leading cause of cooking-related injuries.
  4. Keep it cool – then heat it up! We can’t forget the importance of food safety when we discuss good grilling practices. Food poisoning is no joke! To avoid the risk, keep your meat refrigerated until you’re ready to place it on the grill. Before serving it up, check the internal temperature of those hamburgers and chicken kabobs; poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and burgers are safe at 160.

And of course, if you smell gas while cooking on a grill – or a gas-powered indoor stove – immediately turn it off, get away, and call the fire department. Gas leaks can cause serious injury or death.

Keep these grilling tips in mind, and keep the fun going at your next summer cookout!

If you or someone you love has been injured in a grilling accident due to a defective product or the negligence of another person, you may have legal rights to compensation. The personal injury lawyers at Taylor King Law work every day to help Arkansas accident victims like you. When you call 1-800-CAR-WRECK, you’ll get a free consultation with Taylor King, whether or not you hire our firm. We’ll be on your side, by your side, every step of the way. You’re one call away from getting help today! 

bradi bear, national hot dog month, taylor king

Welcome to July! Can you believe it? In my opinion, this summer is flying by faster than a speeding ticket (and you know I don’t play around with rules of the road).

It should be NO surprise to anyone that I was researching holidays in July. Celebrating Independence Day on the 4th just got me amped for the next celebration.

AND GUESS WHAT…I didn’t have to look far for it! It is National Hot Dog Month!!!

I know we pups get our “National Best Friend Day” and “National Pet Day,” but it’s about time someone devoted an entire month to celebrating dogs!

I am, in all senses of the word, a “hot” dog. Momma keeps me looking beautiful in my shiny red coat - the daily baths are a little much if you ask me, though. And when I say coat, I mean it! This thing is like a parka sometimes...I get so toasty at the park with all this fur! - I mean it!  All I’m sayin’ is thank goodness for lakes and plastic swimming pools.

While we all know that it’s the inner beauty that counts, I’m not mad that people will be celebrating attractive pups like me every day of National Hot Dog Month! I’m thinking that means more treats, daily pupcakes, an extra scoop of food at mealtimes, and new toys on the regular!!

Oh, and I almost forgot the best part - there is this great new smell outside! Must be something seasonal in July, because it is just about everywhere I go!

After a little detective work, I believe I’ve pinpointed the scent to these large metal boxes outside that Momma calls “grills.” She always tells me to be careful around them because they are hot. Anyways, it’s definitely where this meaty smell is coming from.

It’s not a burger, and it’s not bacon. I couldn’t EXACTLY put my nose on it, and I take great prize in my sniffer, so I finally asked Momma about it.


I know y’all think being human is really cool, with the whole “opposable thumbs” thing... …but I think the month of July alone shows who the real winners are. But don’t worry, I’ll def share a treat with y’all, too - so think of me when you grab a hot dog treat from a grill this July!


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dog treats, Bradi Bear update, taylor king

How’s it going, everyone? Bradi Bear here, just blogging away. I was reminiscing on some older blog posts, back when I was new to the Taylor King team. It all started with me telling about my adventures in day-to-day life, mostly keeping Momma out of trouble.  Those posts were some pretty good reads, if you ask me!

I realize I haven’t given you a good ol’ Bradi Bear story in a while...so here we go! Nothing but the truth here, people!

Apparently, Momma and Daddy got married. I wasn’t allowed to go to the wedding...something about it being for humans only...HMPH.

In my book, marriage means I now have to share my couch, bed, and Momma with him 24/7. I also have double the amount of people to take on walks, and double the “accidentally dropped” food to clean up off the floor. Keeping this house clean is a TASK!

But it’s okay, because I’m training Daddy to give me treats more often. I’ll let you in on my secret: when I feel like it is time for Daddy training I go stand by the cookie jar where Momma keeps the treats. This is his signal.

He then pulls out a treat - most of the time it’s chicken-flavored, but I don’t discriminate. Then Daddy does a bunch of talking…this is the part we’re still trying to streamline. He talks about “sit” and “down” and “shake”. While I listen to him go on and on, I normally pop a squat and wait. Sometimes it takes so long that I just lay down.

 Finally, if I’ve waited long enough, I raise my paw as if I’m going to swat that treat right out of his hand. This usually shows him that I mean business, and he gets scared and gives me the delicious snack.

We still have some things to work on. Once, he tasted my snack before he gave it to me!! I was appalled! Momma has NEVER eaten my food! I didn’t know how to react; he could have AT LEAST asked. Like I said, he is a work in progress!

Other than that, things are going pretty good with my new roommate….more updates to come!

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summer movies, taylor king, bradi bear

Hellllo everyone! Summer has arrived - it’s PAW-TY time!

While I love the great outdoors as much as the next pup, sometimes the summer heat sends you indoors. And when that happens, nothing beats cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie. Summer vacations always need a good movie marathon… am I right?

 So get that popcorn poppin’ (and share some!) because I’ve compiled my top movies to watch this summer. I’m a pup of varied taste, so I’ve given you some action, some romance, some comedy...but there is one common theme to the list. Can you figure it out?

 Top 10 Picks for Summertime Flicks

1. Air Bud. The original is my favorite, of course. It’s hard to make a solid sequel, but let’s be honest: I’ll watch anything with golden retriever puppies.

2. Lady & the Tramp. A classic that never goes out of style. It always makes me crave spaghetti!

3. Bridesmaids. My favorite scene is...you guessed it...stealing the golden retriever puppies.

4. The Sandlot. I’m thinking The Beast and I could be friends...MAYBE.

5. Beethoven. Here’s a tip: never get in a slobber contest with a St. Bernard. They win every time.

6. 101 Dalmatians. While I cannot IMAGINE having 100 brother and sisters, c’mon Mom...maybe just one?!

7. Bolt. I MEAN. Dog + superpowers? Is there anything better?

8. Must Love Dogs. Because I mean…it’s def on my list of important character traits.

9. Because of Winn-Dixie. “The book was better,” you say? Blah blah blah. I know. But it’s still a great movie.

10. The Wizard of Oz. In my humble opinion, Toto stole the show.


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water safety, bradi bear, taylor king law

Momma says I'm a "full bred golden," but I'm not totally convinced.

If you ask me I think I've got some fish in my blood. I LOVE the water. Sprinklers, puddles, and (shallow) lakes are always calling my name: "Bradi Bear, come splash in me," they say. It's the truth.

Now baths...those are a different story. But the great outdoor's water supply? I just can't get enough. 

I actually discovered recreational water during a call of duty.

Let me tell you MY version of the story, because apparently, it differs SLIGHTLY from Momma's.  She is always forgetting details.

So, my first experience with water (outside of a bath) was a trip to the lake. Now you can see why I was a little wary of what appeared to me to be a GIANT (greenish) bath.

My suspicions grew when Momma strapped a bright orange life jacket on me. Why did I need a floatation device? WHAT WAS SHE PLANNING?

We finally hopped on a speed boat, and everything improved. If you can believe it, it was 10 times better than riding in the car with the windows down! I was beginning to think this whole "lake" thing was going to be alright...UNTIL the boat stopped.

Noodles and more life jackets appeared from nowhere. Everyone started moving around and rocking the boat. Then the unimaginable happened.

People actually JUMPED INTO that green abyss.

I was so frantic! People were safe and sound one minute, then the next - gone!

Nobody seemed to notice the drastic change of events, so I knew it was up to me to save them all. I conjured up all my pup courage and ran to the rescue! With one heroic jump I plunged into the water after the first distressed passenger. I tried running towards them, but my little pup legs couldn't find any solid surface. I kicked and kicked and realized that was doing the trick (yes, if you're wondering, I am a completely self-taught swimmer). I think I'm the reason they've coined the term "doggie paddle"- maybe you've heard of it. 

I quickly U-turned and showed off my new skill all the way back to the boat. Thankfully, the others caught onto my technique and followed my lead. ALL WAS WELL. They all thanked me later for saving them...with belly rubs.

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Taylor King Arkansas personal injury lawyer

Summer is approaching, and that means long, sunny days - perfect for exploring Arkansas! What could be better than spending the day enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer? Well, let me tell ya: a day spent enjoying it with your best four-legged friend, that's what! 

While I may not be able to join you inside a restaurant for dinner, and movie theaters aren't really my scene (the loud noises remind me too much of thunder...NO THANKS), I have good news. Arkansas is The Natural State, where kids and adults of all ages can find some outdoor fun... And outdoor fun is my FAVORITE kind of fun!

If you've never ventured out beyond taking your pup for a walk around the block, you might be surprised to learn that there are a lot of dog-friendly attractions near you. Think outside the box and try one this weekend! Here's a few of my fave options: 

1. Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Digging in the dirt? Well, that's a pup's favorite pastime! We can help you sniff out a diamond or, even better, a BONE!

2. Garven Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas. You're not the only one who likes to stop and smell the roses. They have a dog-friendly patio and lots of great walking trails here! 

3. Movies in the Park in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. They show free movies at First Security Amphitheater all through the summer months and welcome puppy pals! Just be sure to clean up after us and bring a leash!

4. Dog Parks (aka Bark Parks). Socializiation is important for a pup. You'll find local parks in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Maumelle, Benton, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Rogers...and the list goes on! 

5. Hot Springs National Park - another feature in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Remember, humans and pups BOTH have to stay on the trails here...no more jumping in those hot springs!

6. River Market District in Little Rock. In this hoppin' downtown area, there's a local farmer's market and even some restaurants where pups are welcome (on a leash).  

7. Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat in Hot Springs. There's nothing like feeling the lake's cool breeze in my fur! Take a ride with your pup on Lake Hamilton as long as you keep them on a leash and on the outdoor decks!

Am I missing any two-paws-up attractions in Arkansas? Let me know - I'm always up for an outdoor adventure! 


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Water safety and drowning prevention, water injuries

When you think of personal injury lawyers, you might assume we only handle car wreck cases. And while we are passionate about helping our Arkansas neighbors who’ve been the victim of a reckless driver, personal injury encompasses much more than that. 

While water is the source of lots of summer fun, it can also be the cause of serious injury or even death.

In Arkansas, our motto is “The Natural State” for good reason: you’ll find plenty of natural water sources, from smaller ponds and bayous to more well-known lakes and rivers, including Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Greers Ferry Lake in Heber Springs, the Buffalo River in northwest Arkansas, and the White River which runs through Batesville. Or, perhaps, a local waterpark or personal pool is more your style.

Wherever you’ll be cooling off this summer, it’s vital to practice smart water safety. About ten people die each day in the United States from unintentional drowning. Drowning ranks fifth on the list of leading causes of unintentional death in the US. And this number doesn’t include those who live but may suffer permanent injuries, including irreversible brain damage.

The American Red Cross and The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals have some great safety tips to avoid injuries near water. We’ve combined their advice to give you a list of Six Super Safety Tips for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention:

1. Never swim alone. Yes, adults, the buddy system even applies to you. Even if you’re an experienced swimmer, there may be factors outside of your control that put you in danger. You need a friend nearby to notice if you’re in distress and call for help if anything should happen.

2. Learn to swim. Every child is different, but experts say you can begin safely teaching children to swim when they’re as young as 6 months old. Whether you’re 3 or 35, though, it’s never too late to learn! Many local public pools offer inexpensive lessons.

3. Learn CPR. Parents, caregivers, and babysitters should become certified in CPR and first aid. A victim can spend critical minutes without oxygen if you wait for paramedics to arrive to begin administering first aid, resulting in permanent brain damage or injury.

4. Wear a life jacket if you’re boating, whether that’s in a kayak or canoe, sea-doo, or larger boat. It’s simply not worth the risk.

5. Never leave a child unattended in or around the pool. Actively observe your children and don’t assume that they’re ok because they’re quiet. Drowning is often called a “silent death” because victims are so focused on getting air that they don’t make a lot of noise or splashing motions. If your child is going to a friend’s pool or local pool where you can’t be there to supervise, be sure to check ahead of time that lifeguards or vigilant caretakers will be present.

6. Reach and throw; don’t go. Your first instinct may be to jump into the water to help someone who’s in trouble, but that puts both of your lives at risk. A person who is struggling in the water may panic and pull you downward if you try to swim to them. Instead, throw them something that floats or grab a pole that you can use to reach them.

At Taylor King Law we know firsthand how enjoyable it is to spend summer days by the pool, in a fishing boat, or paddling a kayak. Unfortunately, we also see people every day whose lives have been forever changed by water accidents. Never assume it couldn’t happen to you. Learn to swim, practice smart water safety, and teach your children to do so as well.

Have you or a loved one suffered injuries in a water accident where another person was at fault? You may have legal rights to compensation. The attorneys at Taylor King Law would be glad to talk with you, hear your story, and give a professional opinion. This consultation is FREE and at no obligation to you. Get started today by calling Taylor King at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732). Choose an experienced Arkansas injury attorney who will be On Your Side, By Your Side. 

Bradi Bear's Arkansas storm safety guide

I am not the biggest fan of storms....honestly, I chant the song "Rain, rain go away, come again another day" anytime it starts raining outside. Now I know some of you are "rain is relaxing and my favorite kind of weather" people...but hear me out.

1. Do you ever have to use the restroom in the rain? No. So I'll tell you how much fun it is, as someone for whom it is the ONLY option. None.

2. Rain ruins perfectly good park days. Indoors doesn't have nearly as much running room.

3. Rain brings thunder, and thunder is loud. Loud noises are not my friend.

So April is here and in Arkansas, you know what that means...sunshine one day, a monsoon the next! You never know what you are going to get...it could even change mid-day! That reminds me of a very traumatic story.

So Momma and I have been working on this thing called "trust" lately. It consists of how long I'm allowed to stay out in the house unsupervised while she runs errands. I gain trust when she comes back to everything as she left it, and apparently lose trust when things aren't so tidy when she returns.

Who knew she didn't like half chewed blankets or sheet corners?! I thought it gave the room character. Anyways...

I had been gaining lots of trust lately while Momma went to the grocery store or ran quick errands. So she decided I was ready to be left for a full day (she was going to come back for potty breaks of course). It was a really pretty day and momma left the blinds open for me to patrol all things happening outside.

Only a few hours later that the sky turned black and rain started pouring. The thunder was shaking the entire place, I swear! I had no idea WHAT to do or WHERE to go! Obviously it made the most sense to begin shredding every rug in sight.

Once the rug was in tatters, I remembered the safety of my kennel. I darted in there and curled in the back corner until Momma finally got home, AGES later. She claims it was only 15 minutes after the storm started but that woman must be crazy.

These days, I don't get to be left out much for longer then a quick trip to the mail box... RIP, rugs.

In all seriousness, us pets don't understand storms! They scare the living daylights out of us and we really don't know how to protect ourselves. I felt better in my kennel because I knew it as safe and it diminished some of the noise from outside.

Having this option for your own pet can help calm them during a storm. I also felt much better when Momma got home and could be with me. I didn't like being alone and she didn't seem upset about the storm. I could pick up on her calmness and felt reassured that things would be okay. Still not a fan of storms though.

As scary as storms can be at home, they're even worse on the road! Check out Taylor King's blog post for tips for driving safely through rain and stormy Arkansas weather. 


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Little Rock personal injury attorney

Hey everyone! I've been hanging around the Taylor King Law Firm and boy, do I have some stories for you! I was asking the attorneys how they all became the great drivers they are today, and they shared some funny tales of the "potholes" they hit along the way.

And guess what?! Taylor King himself had the most to share! I picked some of my favorite driving stories to tell yall:

"I actually didn't get my license until I was in college. After getting married and moving 30 minutes away from the school's campus, I realized I had to have a license. I took driver's education in high school but still had to take a driver's test. At that point it had been years since I have driven, so my mother-in-law gave me driving lessons! We definitely bonded over the experience." - Noelle Skaff

"Once before I was old eough to drive, my oldest brother and I were at home talking and he brought up the subject of driving. I was somewhat curious about learning to drive but was still content taking the bus to school at that point. But being the bossy big brother he was (and still is at times), he talked me into getting behind the wheel of his car and going for a spin. He considered it my first "driving lesson" - but to make a long story short, we didn't get very far before we ended up needing a tow car. I was traumatized by that little ride of ours for quite a while!" - Britt Johnson

 "Not long after I got my first license, I got into a fender-bender. I was driving a 1991 Chevy Lumina, my grandmother's old car, so of course we didn't have the collision insurance that would have paid for the damage. Instead, my dad sent me to his mechanic friend's shop and had me do body work myself with a little help from the pros. I started with a white car and ended up with a white car with a blue hood and fender." - Jay Neal

"When I was in college I spent more time push-starting my five-speed Opel Manta than actually driving it! One year during spring break my mother let me borrow her Ford LTD station wagon to drive to Big Ben National Park with my friends. We would have to make stops to fill up the oil in the engine - on a 13-hour trip to the border of Mexico! When we finally got there, we may or may not have slipped across the Rio Grande river to eat tacos.

But my favorite story? It'd have to be the time I was planning my move from Arkadelphia to Fayetteville to attend law school. I didn't have the money to rent a UHaul, so a generous friend offered to loan me his truck. He forgot to mention that it was a DUMP TRUCK. Needless to say, I made some other arrangements." - Taylor King


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You read that title correctly! This month marks my two-year Work Anniversary (work-iversary...get it?!) here at Taylor King Law. It's hard to believe that it's been two whole years since Taylor King asked me to join his team permanently - and BOY has it been a great two years!

So much has happened: multiple TV segments have been shot featuring yours truly, new billboards can be seen all over Arkansas, new offices have been opened, we've lost and celebrated the life of good ol' cousin Buddy, and new lawyers have joined the Taylor King family (including one, Austin King, who really IS Taylor King's family). 

So how did I, an average pup with humble beginnings, get to where I am today - a pup with professional headshots, trending personal injury lawyer blog, and her very own facebook page? I'll start from the beginning...

Bradi Bear and Taylor King: The Early Years

It all started when Taylor King's daughter Maggie decided she was ready for a pup of her own. She'd been raised to love golden retrievers; Buddy and Lady King were both members of the King family since she was eight years old. So it was a no-brainer that she needed to have a golden as well.

That's where I come in! Maggie couldn't resist my adorable face and snuggly personality from the first time we met. And just like that, Maggie became my new Momma and I was adopted into the King family; little did I know I had a TV star as a puppy-cousin! 

Momma drove me in for a Hogs game on my first trip to Arkansas. I decided to skip the loud cheering and crowds for a nap and rawhide chew back at Taylor King's home. Apparently I made a great first impression on the entire King family, so much so that they invited me out to the commercial shoot the next morning. "We'll just see how it goes," Momma told me.

Before I knew it I scored a cameo spot in one of the commercials alongside my cousin Buddy, Taylor King's original sidekick! I was so honored and a little camera shy if we are being honest. And that was that- Momma and I packed up and headed back to her school in Texas. Until....

Bradi Bear Hits the Big Time 

I WENT VIRAL! Everyone loved the cute new pup in Taylor King's commercials. He was getting calls left and right asking about me and if I was in the office for a visit!

Taylor King called up Momma right then and there and told her he needed more Bradi Bear! Who could blame him? I begged and pleaded Mom to let me go back and dive right into this newfound fame...she told me I was getting a big head and to slow my roll. Hmph.

But a few months later, in March, Momma was finally convinced to let me join the Taylor King Law firm!!! I signed my contract (lawyers love contracts) and began writing blogs and posting pictures of my day-to-day activities! What a dream job...it was so fun just telling my fans what I was up to!

But the more I hung around Taylor King and his attorneys, the more interested I got in the personal injury side of things. It is pretty fascinating! I asked Taylor King and Buddy if I could shadow them and learn the ropes...AND THEY SAID YES! So here I am, people: one snuggly pup with a face you can't tell "no" (or so I've heard), going two years strong at Taylor King Law! 

And I'm just getting started! 


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Never fear - I have NOT personally been in an accident. But the heading got your attention, didn't it?!

Recently, Taylor King and I were talking business over some pupcakes. He told me that the hardest part about a personal injury case for clients is that they don't always know what the expect! When you've been working as long as Taylor King has, these things become second nature. But when you've been injured in your first ever car wreck, how are you supposed to know what's going on?!

I can confirm that there are so many moving parts behind the scenes. You have case managers, insurance, medical records, and much much more...which makes it hard to know how long it will take to settle your case and get that money in your pocket

It reminds me of how I feel when Momma takes me to the the vet! I've been there for quick checkups, but once I had to get my stomach pumped! (I ate my food...and my food bowl one time. It was a rough morning to say the least.) Long story short: I never know WHAT to expect, and it is not a good feeling.

So today, my mission is to shed some light on what you can expect with a Personal Injury Case - with a little Bradi Bear flare thrown in, of course. Let's talk timelines, y'all!

Step One:
So you've decided you want Taylor King Law Firm to help you? You'll need to put your pawprint (or signature) on a contract and a medical authorization so that we can get copies of your medical records and bills. Taylor King makes this process quick and easy! 

The way we cover the whole state, is that we have investigators all over that can get to you in about an hour. He or she will call you to schedule an appointment to get you signed up.

Step Two:
Next, we take things off your shoulders and start the claim! That means getting a copy of the accident report and calling the insurance company to let them know that we are representing you.

We do this every day, so we will help you figuring out your property damage to your vehicle, and be sure you are taken care of fairly. Once all that is taken care of, we focus on your personal injury claim AND make sure you get all the medical treatment you need.

Step Three:
When you're released from your doctor (or vet), the attonerys at Taylor King put together what we call a settlement brochure.

This is pretty much a copy of everything needed to convince the insurance company how much your case is really worth. It's everything we've gathered so far: accident reports, photographs, medical records, medical bills, and lost wage information!

It is all packaged it up and sent it to the insurance company, then negotiated back and forth like a good game of tug of war until we get you a fair settlement. 

So, WHY can't your lawyer give you an exact day when you'll get your money? Why did your friend's case settle more quickly than yours? Well, back to my story about the vet...

Every pup is different. While I was waiting to get my stomach pumped that day, I was in a waiting room with other pups (and even a cat) who had all sorts of issues...some were sick, some had cuts or infections, and one even needed surgery! Your case is not the same as your friend's, and the length of time it takes to settle depends on your injuries, your insurance company, and a whole bunch of other variables. 

Hope that helped out a little on what all goes on when you file a personal injury claim with Taylor King Law. Now if only Momma would spell out my vet visits like that...

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Taxable income on Arkansas injury settlement

Tax season is upon us! If you've settled a personal injury claim or lawsuit in the past year, you're probably wondering whether Uncle Sam expects you to pay taxes on that money. 

Here's the short answer: In most cases, no. 

Don't stop reading yet, though. There are many factors that determine whether a settlement amount is taxable. We'll walk you through the basics of settlement taxes, but it's important to know that only a tax expert can answer specific questions for you. If your settlement was complex or included punitive damages, it's best to consult a CPA or personally contact a lawyer. 

Whether your settlement came from out-of-court negotiations or the verdict of a lawsuit, it’s all the same when it comes to taxes.

Physical Injuries
Generally, personal injury settlements are not taxable. Federal tax law specifically states that compensation for personal physical injuries or sickness will not be included in your gross income - the income you pay taxes on.

Typical personal injury settlements include compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. As long as you have a physical injury (and, let’s face it, it’s unlikely you’ll be getting a settlement for those things unless you were physically injured), you don’t have to pay taxes on that money.

Bottom Line: If you received a typical injury settlement for physical injuries, you don’t have to pay taxes on that amount. 

Emotional Injuries 
Sometimes your settlement will include “non-economic damages” or compensation for “emotional injuries” – that would include emotional suffering or distress, PTSD, inability to enjoy your life normally, etc. Federal tax law states that as long as those injuries were linked to a physical injury, any compensation you receive for them is not subject to tax. 

If, for example, you made a claim based on employment discrimination at work, or emotional distress from a car accident, but didn’t have the slightest physical injury, then your settlement or verdict would be taxable. 

Bottom Line: Did your emotional distress stem from a physical injury? Then that compensation is tax-free, too. 

Punitive Damages and other Exceptions
If you receive money for punitive damages, however, that money is always taxable. Punitive damages are awarded only when a defendant has acted "willfully or recklessly;" in other words, if the defendant intentionally caused damage to the plaintiff. This is separate from “compensatory damages” mentioned above that are meant to compensate you for injuries or lost wages. In personal injury cases involving car wrecks, it’s difficult to prove that a defendant acted willfully, so punitive damages are very rarely awarded in those cases. 

If a court did award punitive damages, your lawyer would request that those be calculated separately from compensatory damages. You would then be responsible for paying taxes only on the money received for punitive damages. 

Bottom Line: You probably didn’t receive punitive damages for your personal injury settlement, but you can consult your injury lawyer if you’re not sure. 

Still not convinced? Take a look at this article on Settlements Taxability from the IRS for even more information; for a tax document, it's surprisingly easy to read and understand! 

If you are a former or current client at Taylor King Law and have questions about filing your taxes after receiving an injury settlement, please call our office at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732). Your lawyer will be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. 

Have you been injured in a car or motorcycle wreck in Arkansas? You may have legal rights to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer will stand up to the insurance companies and ensure that you get the settlement you deserve. Call Taylor King today to begin your FREE consultation or submit a contact form here on our website. 


Bicycle safety; injury lawyer Arkansas

It's not officially spring in Arkansas, but the warmer, longer days have many people shedding their heavy coats and emerging from their winter hibernation (we’re looking at you, Netflix!). You’ll begin to see many more bike riders out and about in the next few weeks.

Whether you admire their commitment to health or just wish they’d get out of your way, there are laws in Arkansas that govern how car drivers should interact with cyclists, and vice versa. Odds are, some of these will come as a surprise:

1. Bikes are not vehicles, but…
In Arkansas, bicycles are not defined as “vehicles,” but bicycle riders are granted all the rights and duties of a vehicle driver. That means that a cyclist must yield for pedestrians, stop at intersections, and signal (using arm signals) when making a turn.

2. Share the road:
Except for freeways and controlled-access highways, cyclists can use any public road, street, or highway, just as cars do. So yelling “get on the sidewalk” to a bike rider in your lane is not just rude; it's also incorrect.

3. Speaking of sidewalks:
Many states have laws prohibiting bike riders from riding on sidewalks. Many people have been injured in accidents where cyclists collided with pedestrians on a sidewalk. In Arkansas, however, there is no state law governing this. The cities of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs, and Maumelle all have ordinances to keep bikers off the sidewalks and on the road. Check with your local town to see if there are local ordinances.

4. Give me three: 
As a car driver in Arkansas, you are required to keep three feet between you and a bicycle rider at all times. This is especially important when passing. If you can’t stay three feet away as you pass, wait until the road widens or traffic thins out. Ask any bike rider; they can attest to the scary feeling of having a car THISclose as it swerves around them. The 3 Feet Rule is law in 26 states, including Arkansas.

5. No cutting corners:
Since bike riders follow the same rules as drivers, this means you can’t cut them off to turn in front of them. Bicycles move more quickly than you might think, and jumping in front of them (only to slow down and make a turn) often results in a collision. If a bike is to your right and you want to turn, wait until they pass and then move over.

Car crossing in front of bicycle; right turn

Bicycle Accident? Call Taylor King Law 

If you or someone you love are injured in a bicycle accident due to the actions of a car driver, you may have legal rights to compensation. The experienced Arkansas injury lawyers at Taylor King Law are ready to help. Call us today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK to begin your FREE consultation and get answers to your questions. Don't let time run out on your legal rights. 



Arkansas auto insurance, medical payments coverage

Do you have your car insurance policy handy? Go ahead and pull it out, or pull it up on that insurance app you have on your phone (isn't technology amazing?). We'll wait.

Ok, scan or scroll on down toward the bottom. You're looking for the words "Medical Payments Coverage" or "Personal Injury Protection." Found it? Good!

Medical Payments Coverage, usually just called "Med Pay," is an important part of your automobile insurance policy in the state of Arkansas. No, it doesn't cover your property damage or that of the other driver; instead, it insures your physical health. Med Pay is coverage that will pay for up to $5000 of the medical bills you incur within two years of your car wreck (as long as they're accident-related, of course). This coverage works regardless of whether the accident was your fault or the fault of another driver.

Are There Laws About Med Pay in Arkansas?

If you're thinking that Med Pay sounds pretty important, Arkansas lawmakers agree with you. Every insurance company in Arkansas is legally required to offer you Med Pay coverage when you apply for an auto insurance policy. The state legislature took it one step further and created a requirement that if you choose not to have Med Pay coverage, you have to sign a written statement saying that you're waiving the coverage. The law was created as a matter of public policy because lawmakers felt it was so important for injured Arkansans to have some type of coverage to help pay their bills after an accident, whether or not they were at fault.

Are There Penalties for Using Med Pay?

The legislature has also felt that this coverage is so important that you shouldn't have to fear negative consequences if you use it. In Arkansas, insurance companies cannot penalize you in any way for using, applying for, or dealing with Med Pay in any way. That means the company cannot raise your premiums or deduct points simply because you used your Med Pay coverage.

Can I Afford Med Pay?

You may have been tempted to waive Med Pay coverage in an attempt to lower your monthly insurance premium. But even if you're looking to cut costs, don't cut Med Pay. It's a very small portion of your monthly premium, probably less than two cups of coffee from Starbucks, and it's well worth the peace of mind you'll have if you're involved in a car accident and need medical attention.

The beauty of Med Pay is that it starts working immediately to help cover your ambulance ride, emergency medical services, hospital visits, and chiropractic therapy.

How Do I Know if I Have Med Pay?

Check your policy or contact your insurance provider. It's possible that Med Pay is available to you under the law if you never signed a written rejection, even if you haven't paid premiums for this coverage or didn't intend to have it when you applied for the policy.

Why Should I Use Med Pay if the Wreck Wasn't My Fault?

Even though the wreck is the other driver's fault, it's still in your best interest to always use your medical benefits or any other health insurance you may have to pay for your medical expenses. If you're injured, you need medical treatment immediately; the other driver's insurance will only cover medical bills after you've completely finished treating. In the meantime, you still need treatment.

The law in Arkansas does not allow evidence of collateral sources, such as Med Pay or health insurance, as evidence in a trial or hearing. Therefore, you can still get credit for medical bills you have incurred from the at fault driver although they have already been paid by your Med Pay for health insurance.

Your insurance company can request money back out of your third-party settlement for some of the proceeds it has paid for your medical benefits. This is called subrogation. Until 1997, insurance companies in Arkansas would recover around two-thirds of the medical benefits they had provided from the victim's settlement. That changed when our state Supreme Court ruled that an injured person has the right to be "made whole," and that comes first before the insurance company has the right to get back the money it's used to cover your healthcare costs, for which you've already paid premiums.

Problems with Med Pay? Taylor King Can Help

If you're dealing with Med Pay or injuries from a car accident, you don't have to walk through it alone. The lawyers at Taylor King Law deal with insurance adjusters and complex insurance coverage questions every day. An experienced Arkansas injury lawyer will make sure that you get any Med Pay benefits you're entitled to, as well as getting the benefit of the doubt when it comes to subrogation with your insurance company in order to maximize your settlement.

To ensure that your rights are protected, call Taylor King today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK to begin a FREE consultation and get answers to your questions.

Arkansas injury lawyers, Taylor King

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, ladies and gentlepups! I thought my faithful readers were in need of a love poem and maybe a quick history lesson too! But we'll start with the love poem...

Valentine's Day is full of sweets

Puppy dog kisses and bacon treats

No chocolate for me, only rawhide

And that catchy slogan

On your side by your side 

In my opinion, nothing says love like a good pair of puppy dog eyes. But walk in to just about any store and you are bound to see heart decorations instead. Where did this heart/love idea even come from? Have you ever wondered? WELLLLL, investigator Bradi Bear to the rescue!

Thank goodness for Google - really, I want to know how pups or people found out ANYTHING before it. Turns out the two got associated because of that "racing heart" feeling you get whenever something exciting is about to happen. As heart rate increases, so does blood flow, and that's what you hear pounding in your head whenever you get those "love" feelings. I personally get that way whenever momma breaks out the treat box, but I get excited pretty easily.

So I got to clicking around during my search and got to the more medical information about our hearts. I'm going to be honest, some of it had my head spinning with crazy terminology and diagrams of different valves and pumps. But what I took away (besides that actual organ hearts look nothing like the Valentine craft) is that the heart pumps blood and oxygen to pretty much every other part of our body. It is kind of a big deal.

It got me thinking about my own dog heart...I thought it has to be at least 5x the size of human hearts, because us pups just love so so much. Turns out a dog's hearts pumps on average 4,000 liters of blood and beats 144,000 times a day. 

And while we're on the subject of hearts, let's talk about your lawyer. Sometimes our society gives lawers a bad rap, but in reality, there are plenty who have a BIG heart for their clients. It's so important to choose a lawyer who cares about YOU, not just your case! Taylor King may not have the super-special dog heart like me (it's not his fault that he isn't a pup), but he and the other attorneys at Taylor King Law truly love the work they do and care for the clients they serve. 

Here's hoping your heart is full of love and your home is full of treats today! 


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Taylor King Arkansas injury lawyer

When you go to hire an attorney, what are you looking for? Sure, the diplomas and licenses on their wall are pretty important...but this is a person you're going to be spending a lot of time talking to over the weeks or months! How can you know you've picked the right guy or gal?

Well, I think you should look no further than your favorite doggy pal! After all, they don't say "a dog is man's best friend" for nothin'! Us pups have some pretty PAW-some qualities that are all wrapped up in our cute cuddly bodies, and they're the same qualities you should be looking for in a lawyer! 

1. Loyalty - DUH! We are known for protecting and sticking up for own owner! We will always stick by our human's side (on your side by you side....sound familiar?) Your lawyer should also be loyal and always on your team.  

2. Determination - Ever try getting a squeaky toy away from one of us? I can put up quite a fight if you even THINK about taking one of my bacon scented toys. The lawyer you choose should put the same amount of effort and work into your case.

3. Selflessness - Ask any pup around and I bet we'd all say we are more concerned for YOU than for ourselves. Same goes for a good lawyer. An attorney should always be making decisions with the client's best interests in mind.

4. Friendliness - Anytime I encounter someone, old friend or new comer, I greet them with big tail wag and pup sniff. I believe a warm welcome and meaningful communication makes someone feel special. You want an attorney who treats his or her clients not only like human beings, but like family.

5. Problem Solving - We pups get things done! Have you ever seen those videos of dogs trying to get REALLY big sticks through narrow walkways? Well, it might take a couple of attempts, but we work until we solve the problem. An attorney shouldn't give up at the first road block either! You want someone with the knowledge and willpower to work through the toughest circumstances. 

There are other adjectives that go hand and hand with lawyers and pups (intelligent, good-natured, house-broken...) but I didn't think they needed much explanation! 

If you're in need of legal services and aren't sure where to look, why not start with Taylor King? He's got my paw of approval! Plus, he's got 30 years of legal experience up his sleeve! You can call 1-800-CAR-WRECK to get started, or check out the rest of our website...I wouldn't be mad if you read a few more of the blogs from yours truly while you're here! 


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Finding a hit and run driver

Arkansas Hit and Run Laws

Have you ever seen a child break something valuable and then try to hide the pieces, rather than confess to his parents? This is the same behavior that some people employ when they cause an accident - commonly called a hit and run (H&R). A hit and run is a crime, and it's defined as being involved in a collision with another car, pedestrian, or property, and knowingly leaving the scene without stopping to give his or her name, license number, and other information to someone at the scene. If another driver rear-ends you at a stop sign and then drives away without stopping to exchange information, that's H&R. If you emerge from a store to find that someone has side-swiped your car and left the scene, that's also H&R.

If you are involved in an accident, Arkansas law states that you have 3 responsibilities:

1. Give your information - name, address, and registration number of the car you are driving
2. Give aid to any person injured in the accident, and call for medical help if necessary
3. Remain at the scene for a reasonable amount of time ("reasonable" in AR is defined as no less than 30 minutes) to speak with police, unless you must leave to give aid to the injured person.

The vast majority of the time, someone who commits H&R is the at-fault driver in the accident, but anyone driving a car involved in the accident who leaves the scene can be charged with hit and run. Their desire to avoid consequences may stem from a number of reasons. They may have been intoxicated, without insurance, driving a stolen or borrowed vehicle, driving without a license, engaged in illegal activities, or have outstanding warrants.

Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

While the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident vary from state to state, hit and run is a criminal offense. Penalties also depend on the severity of the damage, including property damage, and the severity of other passengers' injuries.

Arkansas law states that anyone who leaves the scene of an accident where a person has been injured or killed may be charged with a Class D felony, and their license will be revoked. Penalties are less severe for accidents where only property damage is involved, but those still include a fine and revokation of your drivers' license.

Finding a Hit and Run Driver

While police will attempt to find drivers who leave the accident scene, it's difficult to do without much information to help them. If the accident occurred in a parking lot, where you never saw the other driver, it may not be possible to identify the driver. In those cases, Arkansas law presumes that a driver who leaves the accident scene is uninsured. It's a good idea to have uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy, because that will be used to cover H&R damage.

You would never have time for a Google search immediately after an accident. That's why it's important to learn what details to look for immediately after an accident, long before you're ever involved in one. Look for the car license number, make, and color of the other car. If the driver gets out of the car, try to take in as many details as you can. This information can help the police locate the driver. In many cases, of course, you may be injured or in shock immediately after the wreck. It all happens quickly, and it's understandable that you may not remember many details. In that case, ask for witnesses at the accident scene. You can also return to the scene and ask nearby businesses if they might have video survellience of the area. Witness statements and video footage can be powerful evidence in identifying a hit and run driver.

To learn more, look at Arkansas Code Title 27, Chapter 53.

Were you injured in a hit and run accident? The injury lawyers at Taylor King Law have years of experience helping people just like you. You may have legal rights, but there is a statute of limitations in Arkansas, so you'll want to call as soon as possible. Call 1-800-CAR-WRECK or submit an online form to begin your Free Consultation with Taylor King.