Arkansas Sex Trafficking Lawyer
Survivors of sex trafficking have faced some of the worst trauma imaginable. Yet, even once they have escaped their abusers, sex trafficking survivors often find the criminal justice system and the civil justice system daunting and traumatic as well.
It can be scary to seek justice after the trauma of abuse. That is why survivors need a compassionate and experienced law firm on their side from the start. Survivors deserve justice and sex traffickers and the institutions that harbored them deserve to pay for the harm they have inflicted.
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Human Trafficking in Arkansas
From 2007 to 2018, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received reports of 51,919 sex trafficking cases inside the United States, averaging 4,700 cases a year. Instead of reporting these incidents to help the survivors find freedom, some companies have ignored or even enabled sex trafficking activities at places such as hotels and truck stops. These companies may have profited either directly or indirectly as traffickers split their earnings or bring in a steady supply of customers.
The emotional and physical abuse that survivors go through can be excruciating, and if a company knowingly profited off of the suffering and exploitation of any survivors of sex trafficking, they should be held accountable as well.
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Do I Need a Sex Trafficking Lawyer?
We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and want to truly bring justice to those who have suffered from this type of exploitation. The social stigma surrounding human sex trafficking, as well as the fear of abusers and traffickers, can prevent survivors from speaking out about their abuse.
In order to protect the survivors of these cases, we offer the ability to serve their lawsuits anonymously without revealing their identity. In a civil suit, survivors can talk about what happened to them without having to face the person who abused them.
If you have experienced this type of abuse, we can help you and hold businesses accountable for the roles they played. We can do this in a private and compassionate way, so you can seek the justice you deserve.
If you are unsure about your current state and whether or not you are being exploited, contact your local authorities for immediate assistance or call the national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
With the variety of businesses that may be profiting from this underground industry, we have the knowledge and authority to hold them accountable for their role in enabling sex trafficking.
No one should have to go through this alone. Fortunately, you do not have to. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our sex trafficking attorneys will be with you every step of the way to guide you through the legal process.
Where Sexual Exploitation Occurs
Hotels and Motels
Unsurprising players in the business are hotels and motels. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), traffickers are drawn to the privacy and anonymity offered by hotels. 73.55% of cases of potential sex trafficking received by the National Human Trafficking Hotline between 2012 and 2016 were for hotel and motel-based sex trafficking. Traffickers may utilize these services in two ways, either by forcing victims to stay in a hotel or motel room to receive customers or sending them to a room rented by a customer.
Another common location for sex trafficking is truck stops. Their remote positioning along many highways keeps sex trafficking activities out of the sight of law enforcement. It also isolates victims from much of the outside world. Truck stops are attractive locations for sex traffickers as they often have a steady supply of truckers and travelers willing to pay for sex.
Being hard to detect and sometimes even harder to report, thousands of people fall victim to what ultimately represents modern-day slavery. Hotels, motels, and truck stops have the moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for their patrons and guests. This includes any individual coming onto the premise for any reason. At the minimum, these facilities should provide training, surveillance, and security alongside an understanding of how their services can be used for illicit purposes.
The failure of businesses to acknowledge and report instances of human sex trafficking puts them in a position to profit from the increased foot traffic as well as directly from sex trafficking sales.
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is seeking to represent survivors of sex trafficking against owners of any business who has enabled or profited from this activity.
I am/may be currently in a situation where I am exploited for sexual services or know someone who is. Can you help?
- If this is the case, contact your local authorities immediately. You can also contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or here https://humantraffickinghotline.org/
Do these hotels and truck stops make money from sex trafficking?
- Whether they know it or not, these hospitality services will profit in some capacity should sex trafficking activities continue on their premises. Some may broker deals with the traffickers in exchange for a cut of the sales. When they knowingly allow or promote the activities to occur on their premises, they are complicit in the act and must be held accountable.
What is the goal of these lawsuits?
- Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is seeking to help survivors recover reparations for physical and mental injuries as well as any medical care, missed earnings, and continuing pain or suffering resulting from the negligence of these venues.
- Societal change is the main goal of these lawsuits. When hotels and other venues are held liable for their neglect, insurance companies and other entities will begin requiring measures to prevent human trafficking.
Sex Trafficking Whistleblowers
Sex Trafficking Whistleblowers
People working in these industries may have witnessed sex trafficking occurring on the premises. If corporations and management do not stop and report this illegal activity, employees and others should take action. Whistleblowers are critical to helping ensure the safety of sex trafficking victims. They also hold companies accountable for turning a blind eye to harmful wrongdoing.
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton attorneys work closely with whistleblowers to protect them during the legal process. We also ensure that the sensitive information they provide is guarded and protected. We know that being a whistleblower is scary, but the information you provide could save lives and ensure the safety of future generations as well.
We Want to Help Survivors Feel Whole Again
We can do this by helping them seek justice. We know that it is difficult for survivors to relive the trauma and fight back. That is why we help guide them through the process gently, offering them privacy, compassion, and assistance every step of the way.
If you are a survivor of sex trafficking, we want to hear your story. We might be able to help you recover the money you need to put your life back together again. While we know that no amount of money could ever undo the trauma you have suffered, we can help ensure that your future is brighter.
With With eight offices in Arkansas and Tennessee – Little Rock, Little Rock-Corporate Hill, Springdale, Conway, Hot Springs, Bryant, Jacksonville, and Memphis—our lawyers are committed to protecting our community against sex traffickers. Contact Rainwater, Holt & Sexton Injury Lawyers today.
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Personal Injury Resources
If you suffered an injury from a dog bite attack, you should be able to focus on healing. Our team at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton understands that, and we're here to advocate for you as you recover and seek compensation. Our experienced dog bite lawyers will listen to your story, evaluate your situation, and provide clear guidance on the next steps. We’ll work diligently to advocate for your rights, keeping you informed and involved at every stage. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, reach out today and tell us your story. We offer a free case review, and we’re ready to help you pursue justice and a financial recovery.
Understanding Head Injuries from Car Accidents
If you’ve suffered a head injury in a car accident, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes were the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States. After you or someone you love suffers a head injury, it’s crucial that you understand the severity of your situation. Our team at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is here to help you do just that. From mild concussions to severe TBIs, we’ll cover the different types of head injuries, explain the key symptoms to look out for, and help you navigate the next steps. If you’re ready to secure strong representation after your car accident, our brain injury lawyers will be your advocate. We know how devastating a head injury can be, and we’ll work tirelessly to get you the compensation and justice you deserve, so you can focus your energy on what matters most: healing.
Common Causes : Truck Sleep Apnea
Every year, there are 15 million commercial trucks on our nation’s roads. These trucks transport over 70 percent of our country’s goods and help keep our economy running smoothly. Unfortunately, however, more commercial trucks on the road means more trucking accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, thousands of lives are lost each year in collisions involving commercial tractor-trailers. To combat the dangers on our roads, lawmakers in Arkansas and at the federal level are working diligently on laws aimed at reducing the number of trucking accident deaths. Despite all of our best safety efforts and regulations, commercial trucking accidents have increased by 20 percent in recent years.
Safety Tips to Prevent Truck Accidents
Across the United States, there was an increase in the number of trucking accidents in 2016. That year alone, more than 119,000 trucking accidents occurred, causing injury to numerous passenger occupants. That same year the number of fatal trucking accidents also increased to 4,213. The vast majority of trucking accidents – 62% – involved two or more vehicles, and they occurred most often on rural highways and Interstates. A fully loaded big rig can weigh up to 80,000 lbs., while the average passenger car weighs just 3,000 lbs. Due to the sheer size and weight discrepancy between large semi-trucks and passenger vehicles, these accidents are often catastrophic. Injuries are usually severe and life-threatening. Sadly, even when accident victims do recover, they are often left with some form of permanent disability or disfigurement. Due to the complexities of these accidents, trucking accident victims need a law firm on their side from the start. These accidents must be handled swiftly and efficiently to ensure that accident victims receive the money they need to put their lives back together again and pay for medical expenses now – and in the future. At Rainwater, Holt, & Sexton, our attorneys have successfully handled numerous trucking accident cases, and we have achieved favorable results for all our clients. While we realize that obtaining skilled legal representation from the moment you are injured is best, we also know that avoiding these accidents is even better.
Trailer Detachment Accidents
Common Causes of Big Truck Accidents Sharing the road with large commercial trucks can be scary. After all, a fully loaded big rig can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. These large trucks are typically carrying cargo, such as livestock, produce, or even hazardous materials. When traveling at 65 mph, a detached 60,000-pound trailer full of dangerous materials can cause catastrophic and fatal accidents. Sadly, trailers can detach from all types of vehicles, including large commercial trucks, big rigs, flatbeds, and pickup trucks. These trailers can cause a tremendous amount of damage to the vehicles around them and can result in significant injuries and fatalities. When a big rig truck is carrying hazardous materials, the injuries can be even more severe and can even affect residents who live in the community. Truck drivers are responsible for checking their trailer prior to driving. They must ensure that their trailer is secured, safe, and in working condition. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers perform these safety inspections properly. If they fail to perform the necessary and required safety checks on their vehicles, they can be held responsible for any accidents they caused. If you’ve been injured in a commercial trucking accident because of a detached trailer, we can help. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our truck accident lawyers know how to handle these complex and unique cases. Call us at [rainwater_tel] to learn how we can help you during this difficult time.
Driverless Trucking & Its Impact on Car Accidents
Dozens of companies are currently testing and developing self-driving trucks. These trucks are expected to hit the road as early as 2021. TuSimple, for example, is currently deploying tractor-trailers that will drive themselves from pickup to delivery without anyone on board. Currently, their fleet of 40 autonomous trucks has been hauling goods between depots throughout Arizona and Texas. If that sounds frightening to you — you’re not alone. Self-driving trucks may be the future, but there is something terrifying about an 80,000-pound vehicle cruising down the road at 70 mph without anyone on board. While proponents of self-driving and autonomous commercial trucks say that this will make the roads safer, not everyone agrees. What happens when a truck accident occurs? Who is to blame, and how will accident victims obtain the compensation they need?
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists in Arkansas face a variety of obstacles, challenges, and risks when riding on the road. However, the most common risk they face is simply being on the road with other vehicles. Did you know that other drivers are responsible for the majority of motorcycle accidents on the road? That’s right! Other drivers simply do not take the time to look for motorcyclists who may be sharing the road — and the results are disastrous. Understanding what caused your Arkansas motorcycle crash is an important part of your claim. Your attorney will need to examine and investigate your accident closely to determine why your accident occurred and who is to blame for the crash. In many situations, multiple parties can share the blame — further complicating your injury claim.
Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
In 2016, motorcycle accidents increased across the United States by 5.1 percent according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents ranged from minor collisions to more serious and fatal motorcycle crashes. During a collision, the motorcyclist suffers the majority of serious injuries. That is because a motorcycle does not offer the rider any protection. There are no reinforced steel cages, no seatbelts, and no airbags to protect the rider from the forces of the crash. As such, riders are 28x more likely to suffer a fatal accident than passenger car occupants. In Arkansas, a motorcycle accident can occur at any time and to anyone. However, some places just seem to be the scene of more frequent motorcycle accidents. In general, the most commonplace for motorcycle accidents in Arkansas occur at intersections.
Determining Fault in a Trucking Accident
If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident in Arkansas, your life may never be the same. Trucking accidents are serious and complex - and they’re often life-changing. Trucking accident victims often face a long road to recovery, and many are left with permanent disabilities. But, the law is on your side. Negligent truckers, trucking companies and manufacturers can - and should - be held liable for your injuries and for the damages they caused. However, determining liability in a truck accident case is not as straightforward as it might first seem. Unlike a simple traffic accident, more players are involved including the driver, the owner of the truck, the entity that leased the truck from the owner, as well as many others. Sadly, due to the sheer size and weight discrepancy between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, these accidents are often fatal. When an 80,000-pound commercial big rig collides with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, the results can be deadly. Commercial accident victims and their families need an experienced and compassionate trucking accident lawyer on their side from the very start. Your lawyer can protect your rights throughout the legal process, no matter how serious the accident and injuries may be.
Arkansas Motorcycle Laws
Arkansas is home to more than 76,000 bikers. Bikers here enjoy beautiful winding scenic rides during a large portion of the year. From the Arkansas Pig Trail to the Melbourne Run, there is no shortage of fun motorcycle rides in the “Natural State.” As a motorcyclist here in Arkansas, it is important to follow the rules of the road, as well as all applicable motorcycle laws. Motorcycle laws can prevent you from suffering serious injury and harm if you are involved in an accident. Understanding and following Arkansas’ motorcycle laws is an important part of staying safe out on the open road. Adhering to the rules and laws of the road can also go a long way when seeking compensation in a potential personal injury lawsuit. Motorcyclists face an uphill battle when collecting damages because they have to overcome many unfair biases. Insurance companies may try to pin some of the blame on the rider or the other drivers may claim the motorcyclist was riding recklessly. Following the rules and laws of the state can help ensure that you are able to get the money you need to move forward in life after a serious motorcycle accident.
Common Injuries Burns
Common Injuries from Car, Motorcycle, Truck and Equipment Accidents Every year, more than 1.1 million people in the United States seek medical attention because of a burn injury. Many result from car, truck, motorcycle, and equipment accidents. Some of these burns are serious enough to cause significant disfigurement, impairment, and even death. In 2016, more than 40,000 patients who suffered a burn injury needed to be hospitalized due to their injury. Even worse, 75 percent resulted in patients seeking treatment at a burn center. Burn injuries are some of the most painful and life-changing injuries an accident victim can suffer. Injury victims may need years of extensive rehabilitation and plastic surgeries. Sadly, even with extensive treatment, many burn injury victims will not recover fully from their injuries. This can result in a lifetime of pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Due to the traumatic nature of these injuries, burn injury victims need a trusted Arkansas personal injury lawyer in their corner from the very start. Your burn injury lawyer will need to fight aggressively for your future and your right to full and complete compensation.
Common Causes of Guardrail Accidents
You probably pass guardrails every day and never give them a second thought. However, guardrails are an important safety feature on the highway. Their primary purpose is to provide a layer of protection for motorists who have drifted off of the road. When a stretch of road has a steep embankment or a drop-off, a guardrail can be the only thing protecting drivers and passengers. They’re also great at keeping motorists from running into trees, or other structures, such as bridge piers or retaining walls. Unfortunately, while guardrails are intended to protect car occupants from serious injury, they can actually become the cause of it. In fact, guardrails are often ranked as the highest source of injury and fatality collisions in fixed-object crashes. The reason for many of these injuries and fatalities is the type of treatment used at the end of the guardrail facing oncoming traffic. Some end terminals have energy absorbing properties, however, some do not.
Common Causes: Drowsy Driving Car Accidents
According to the CDC, more than a third of all adults do not get the recommended sleep they need to function properly. The results can be catastrophic when adults don’t get the recommended hours of sleep. Drowsy driving is one of the main causes of car accidents across the United States, accounting for at least 20% of all fatal crashes every single year. Even missing an hour of sleep can double your risk of getting into a crash. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, missing two or three hours of sleep increases the risk of crashing by 400%. When a drowsy driver injures you or someone you love, you need a law firm on your side with experience handling these cases. You need Rainwater, Holt & Sexton. Our Arkansas drowsy driving accident attorneys have decades of experience building - and winning - cases against drowsy drivers. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about your legal options.
What to Do After a Rental Car Accident
You're driving along the beautiful roads of Arkansas, having a fantastic vacation. Then, out of the blue, something unexpected happens—a car accident. Suddenly, all the fun and joy vanish, leaving you overwhelmed and unsure about what to do next. Dealing with a rental car accident can be tough and confusing. Immediately after the accident, you’ll need to check that you and your passengers are safe, then document the scene and prepare to report the accident. If navigating the aftermath of a rental car accident in Arkansas sounds overwhelming, don’t worry — our Rainwater, Holt & Sexton team is here to help. We’ll walk you through the steps you should take before and after a rental car accident. Plus, we’ll help you preserve your right to compensation after an accident so that you can fully recover emotionally and financially. We have experience handling rental car accident cases across the state and strive to make it easy on you so you can focus on your recovery. We’re here to face this challenge alongside you.
Common Injuries: Whiplash
Auto, Truck, Equipment, and Workers' Comp Accidents in Little Rock and Beyond The forces of an accident can be severe and can damage the delicate muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck. The same can occur with trauma from a slip and fall, equipment accident, nursing home abuse, or assault. Due to the nature of these injuries, the full extent of damage is not always fully apparent right after a crash or other accident. However, in the hours and days following the accident, victims may begin to experience pain, stiffness, and numbness in their neck and extremities. Whether you feel all the effects of whiplash right away or start to experience them later, it is important to seek medical help immediately and then speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Common Causes : Speeding
If you are involved in an accident caused by a speeding driver in Arkansas, it can be difficult to get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and other damages. Insurance companies will often try to blame the victim for their own injuries, even if they are not at fault. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States and Arkansas. Unfortunately, excessive speeding can be a significant factor in many of these accidents. Studies have found that speeding is involved in about 30% of all fatal crashes. Sadly, many accidents would not occur if drivers followed the speed limit. If you were speeding at the time of an accident, it may complicate your ability to collect the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies will look to pin more blame on you if you were speeding, even if you did not cause the accident. That's where an experienced Arkansas car accident attorney comes in. A knowledgeable lawyer at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton can help you navigate the legal process after a car accident, fight for the compensation you deserve, and help you understand your rights and options to make the best decision for your future. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else's speeding, don't wait to get help. Call us at [rainwater_tel] to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.
Common Causes : Animal Collisions
Common Causes of Auto and Truck Accidents From the Ozark Mountains to the delta Arkansas is full of natural beauty. That’s why it is known as the “natural state.” However, this natural beauty comes with a price, and Arkansas drivers know all too well the perils of driving on rural roads in the state. After all, Arkansas is home to numerous wildlife, including white-tailed deer, coyotes, wild hogs, skunks, possums, and even black bears. Many of Arkansas’s most traveled roads cut through some of their natural habitats. As a result, drivers have an increased chance of encountering a variety of wildlife on the roads. In addition to wildlife, there are also numerous livestock farms and ranches across the state, further increasing your chance of getting into a collision with an animal. Hitting an animal on the road can cause severe damage to your vehicle and can even cause you to crash into another vehicle. If you’ve been injured in an animal collision in Arkansas, you may believe that there is nothing you can do. However, this may not be the case. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our animal collision lawyers know how to handle these complex and unique cases. Call us at [rainwater_tel] to learn how we can help you during this difficult time.
Hailstorm, Tornado or Storm Damage Claims Lawyers
Filing a Hail, Tornado, or Storm Damage Claim You’ve just gone through a severe natural disaster in Arkansas and seen your home ruined by a tornado. Yet, you’ve faithfully paid your insurance premiums for years, believing that your insurance company would be your safety net during times of crisis. But when you submitted your claim for the extensive damage incurred, the insurance company rejected your claim. How can they do that? Most insurance companies step up and do the right thing when you’ve been through as disaster, but unfortunately, this story is not unique. Numerous policyholders face the harsh reality of insurance companies who refuse to handle storm damage claims promptly or ethically. When homeowners need them most, these insurers turn their backs and make the road even more difficult for families. Denied claims, lengthy delays, and inadequate compensation have become hauntingly familiar, leaving Arkansas homeowners stranded and their dreams shattered. Storms, hail, tornadoes, and severe weather events can wreak havoc on our homes and properties. Insurance policies are designed to provide financial protection in these situations. When insurance companies deny, delay, or underpay your storm damage claims, where can you turn for help? At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our storm damage attorneys are here to help you rebuild your life after a tornado, hail, or severe weather event. We know that some insurance companies don’t play fair. When they do, we fight back and stand up for homeowners throughout Arkansas and Tennessee. Contact us at [rainwater_tel] to learn how we can help you.
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Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death After an Auto Accident?
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death After an Auto Accident in Arkansas? If you lost a loved one in an auto accident in Arkansas, you know that your life will never be the same. In the blink of an eye, everything you planned and all your future dreams may have been lost. The pain of losing a loved one is unbearable and survivors are often uncertain how they will ever put their lives back together. During this difficult time, it is important to know that you are not alone. A compassionate Arkansas attorney can help you through the aftermath of a tragic auto accident. In many cases, surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit to help recover financial losses. While no amount of compensation could ever replace the loss of your loved one, you and your family should not have to shoulder unnecessary financial burdens because of another person’s negligence. When a person or entity causes the death of another, surviving family members can bring legal action in civil court against the negligent party. This is known as filing a wrongful death suit. In Arkansas, however, only certain family members are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek a civil remedy. Wrongful death in an auto accident can happen if, for example, a driver fails to stop at a red light and collides with another car or a driver drives the wrong way on a one-way street harming others. In these instances, the driver is not abiding by traffic laws, failing to use reasonable care while operating their vehicle. Under state law, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate must be the one to file the wrongful death claim in court. But what do you do if a representative was never appointed? If there is no personal representative, then surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit, including: Surviving spouse Children Parents Siblings Dependent minors Life partners Be prepared to prove your relationship to the deceased with a wedding license, birth certificate or copy of the will, depending on your relationship. Let Us Reivew Your Case
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