June 25, 2012
Distracted driving is thought to be responsible for an Arkansas car accident that claimed the life of a 23-year-old North Little Rock man last week. Reports from KTHV News indicate that that the crash happened on rural Batesville Pike on Tuesday evening.
Police say that the young man was driving down the road when his vehicle suddenly veered off of the highway and crashed into a tree, killing him almost instantly. Officers who responded to the scene found the young man’s cellphone with an incomplete message that had been typed on the screen, giving them evidence that texting was a contributing factor to the fatal accident.
Thousands of similar Arkansas Car Accidents occur yearly. Arkansas State Police say that roughly 5,600 crashes in 2008 could be associated with distracted driving and the problem is growing annually.
The costs associated with this growing problem are huge. Coca-Cola recently settled a lawsuit for $21 million with a 37-year-old woman who suffered nerve damage after a company employee crashed into her car while using a cellphone. Locally, an Arkansas lumber company was required to pay $18 million to a crippled 78-year old woman who survived injuries from an accident caused by a company employee who was driving and talking on a cellphone while on the clock.
The Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt and Sexton ask that drivers keep Arkansas Highways safe by putting their phones down until the car is parked.