July 21st, 2014
When Arkansas residents think of unsafe roadways, one of the first things that comes to mind may be fast traffic on busy interstate systems. But a new study shows that the state’s rural roads are actually much more dangerous.
The study, conducted by an organization known as TRIP, found that rural roads in the state saw as many as three times more fatal Arkansas car accidents than other types of roadways.
So what’s the reason why rural roads in Arkansas are so dangerous? The consensus seems to be poor roadway conditions. A release from KASU News states that 23 percent of Arkansas’ rural roadways were in poor condition. This was the 10th highest rate of deficient roadways in the nation.
Experts say the only way to improve these numbers is to update the roads that connect cities with highways. However, this can be an extremely difficult project to fund due to a lack of appropriations.
So what can you do to stay safe on Arkansas’s rural roadways? The Little Rock personal injury attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton suggest:
- Obeying the Speed Limit- Speed is one of the top three contributing factors to fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States today. Slowing down and obeying posted speed limits will significantly reduce your chances of an accident.
- Staying Aware- Obstacles and turns can quickly pop up on rural roads, so eliminating distractions is crucial.
- Buckling Up- Wearing a seat belt is one of the best ways to prevent death or injury in the event of an accident, so always remember to put on this vital piece of safety equipment.
July 7th, 2014
The impact of any motor vehicle collision can be deadly, but the force exerted in a head-on collision can be especially damaging to vehicle occupants. This particular hazard was underscored by a fatal Arkansas car accident that occurred during the holiday weekend.
Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 11 p.m. on Saturday along U.S. 63 in Jefferson County. According to an article from Arkansas Online, one of the victims—a 20-year-old man from Rison—was driving a GMC pickup truck northbound when he accidentally crossed over the center lines of the road and struck another pickup truck driven by an 18-year-old man from Montrose.
Both victims died from injuries they suffered as a result of the collision.
The incident raised the number of Arkansas highway fatalities this year to 211 lives lost.
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton has been helping Arkansas car accident victims for decades. During that time, we have grown to 4 offices with 19 Arkansas personal injury attorneys and more than 70 legal staff members, and we are here to help you when you need us.
April 7th, 2014
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental death for teenagers in Arkansas. Two of the most common contributing factors to these crashes are the consumption of alcohol and distracted driving. In an effort to reduce the number of Little Rock Car Accidents caused by these driving behaviors, teens were able to see the effects that alcohol and cellphone use can have on one’s ability to drive.
An article from FOX 16 News explains the group of young motorists gathered at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 5, where they were able to drive golf carts on a coned-off course. Participants were asked to attempt to navigate through the course while attempting to send and receive text messages. Others attempted to complete the course while wearing a pair of eyeglasses that simulated the affects of alcohol.
The participants quickly learned how difficult it could be to drive while engaging in these dangerous behaviors, with some declaring it impossible to do.
This leaves many parents wondering what they can do to help teen drivers understand the risks posed by distracted and drunk driving. The Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that routinely discussing the dangers with young drivers is one of the best ways to help prevent dangerous driving habits. They add it is also important for parents and guardians to establish rules for the road with their teens.
February 24th, 2014
February 24, 2014
The Little Rock Car Accident Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that hundreds of thousands of motorists are affected by traffic accidents and fatalities in Arkansas every year. The state is now working to address this problem by implementing a new highway safety campaign.
According to Arkansas Online, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, and the Arkansas Department of Health are all partnering in the Toward Zero Deaths campaign, an initiative focused on reducing the number of motor vehicle accident fatalities the state records each year to none.
The organizations plan to continue current measures that are in place, including the use of rumble strips and other specialized roadway equipment to prevent accidents. Furthermore, a new 30-second Public Service Announcement promoting highway safety is showing on television networks statewide.
The movement leads many motorists to question what they can do to help prevent accidents. Officials say one of the greatest problems on the road today is distracted drivers. That is why the Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton ask motorists to put their phones down and focus on the road when at the wheel of a vehicle.
August 19th, 2013
August 19, 2013
One of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities among highway construction workers is collisions with motor vehicles. To help reduce the number of these Arkansas Car Accidents, state legislators have adopted a new law aimed at protecting highway workers’ rights to a safe work environment.
According to The Trucker, House Bill 1750 was recently passed and states that all motorists must now move one lane away from not only all emergency vehicles stopped along the highway with their lights activated, but also for all vehicles owned by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and their contractors. Enforcement of the new law began by agencies across the state this past Friday, August 16th, 2013.
If one of these vehicles is stopped along a two-lane road, the motorist should slow down significantly while passing the vehicle without crossing the median. Failure to comply with the new law may result in any combination of a $500 fine, time in jail, community service, or a license suspension for up to six months.
In the past, similar laws have been effective in reducing accident numbers in other areas of the country.
The Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton applaud the efforts being made to protect the safety of highway workers and are hopeful the law is successful in reducing accident numbers.
July 29th, 2013
July 29, 2013
A 37-year-old man was charged in connection with a Little Rock Car Accident that claimed the lives of a local church pastor and his 10-year-old daughter earlier this year. Reports indicate the fatal crash occurred on New Year’s Day on I-30 near Scott Hamilton Drive.
An article from THV 11 News explains the pastor and his daughter were traveling along the highway in their SUV when their vehicle was struck suddenly. The crash claimed the lives of both occupants of the SUV. Police were later able to determine that the driver responsible for the crash was under the influence of alcohol.
Further testing showed the man’s blood alcohol level as being .21, which is almost three times the legal limit. The driver who caused the crash was subsequently taken into custody and charged with DUI. He now also faces two counts of negligent homicide, along with a single count of attempting to escape custody.
The incident highlights the serious risk that drinking and driving poses to all of the individuals who share the roads with intoxicated drivers.
That is why the Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton suggest discussing you legal rights with a qualified attorney if you have been injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver.
July 15th, 2013
July 15, 2013
An Arkansas Auto Accident involving a vehicle and a group of bicyclists claimed the life of a young woman and left six seriously injured. Reports indicate the incident happened on July 2 along Arkansas State Highway 17, outside the town of McCrory.
According to an article released by The Huffington Post, the victims were part of a group participating in a cross-country bike ride. The group was pedaling along the highway when a 21-year-old driver failed to yield to the cyclists. He struck a group leader who was in the rear of the pack before plowing into six younger riders.
All seven victims were rushed to local medical facilities for treatment. However, one of the young women died shortly after arrival. The remaining injured group members were listed in conditions ranging from stable to critical.
Investigators say charges may be filed against the young man responsible for causing the crash pending the outcome of a full investigation.
The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton acknowledge how difficult injuries sustained in an accident with a motor vehicle can be not only for the victim, but for their family as well. The firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the cyclist who was killed in the accident and wishes those who were injured a full and speedy recovery.
June 24th, 2013
June 24, 2013
Traffic volumes tend to increase across the nation as the heat of summer settles in. Along with the increase in cars on the road typically comes an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents.
This year is no exception, with a total of eight people dying as the result of Arkansas Car Accidents over a three day period from June 15 to 18. A spokesman for the Paragould Police Department, Cpl. Brad Snyder, explained there were several causes to the recent accidents, including drowsy driving.
In an effort to reduce accidents in the region, Snyder offered several safety tips to the public in an article from ABC 8 News. Snyder explained that many motorists attempt to beat traffic by traveling early in the morning or later at night. However, this may not improve safety.
Snyder stated traveling at such odd hours could leave a motorist at risk of getting behind the wheel without enough rest to safely operate a vehicle. He added that getting enough rest prior to driving and taking frequent breaks to move around in order to battle fatigue will greatly decrease the risks of drowsy driving.
The Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton recognize the risks posed by drowsy driving and hope these tips will be effective in reducing the chances of motorists being involved in a crash.
June 10th, 2013
June 10, 2013
A Little Rock Car Accident that occurred last week was responsible for leaving a former state legislator injured. Reports indicate the crash happened on Hilton Estates Drive at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to an article from the Log Cabin Democrat, the 64-year-old former lawmaker was driving along the road in a 2009 Lexus sedan when she suddenly veered off the road, traveled roughly 10 to 12 feet, and crashed into a residential mailbox.
The impact was severe enough to deploy the vehicle’s airbags as the Lexus came to a halt, causing the victim to suffer significant bruising. However, paramedics rushed the woman to a local hospital for further examination because she had no recollection of the accident occurring.
The lawmaker continues to remain under the care of physicians as she undergoes testing to determine the cause of the blackout that led to her crash.
The Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to wish in the victim of the crash a full and speedy recovery. However, the accident highlights how dangerous driving with certain medical conditions can be. The firm encourages people with known medical conditions affecting their ability to drive, or anyone taking medications that could do the same, to refrain from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
April 22nd, 2013
April 22, 2013
Two highway workers were killed last week as a result of an Arkansas Car Accident in a construction zone. The crash occurred during a week that had been designated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as “Construction Zone Safety Awareness Week”.
A story from ABC 8 News explained the collision happened Tuesday night, in the southbound lanes of Crittenden County’s I-55. A motorist was traveling along the highway when he mistakenly crossed into lanes where a construction work zone had been set up. The car continued along after striking two workers and finally came to rest after colliding with an asphalt truck.
The two workers were taken to the hospitably rescue crews, but both men died a short time later.
While investigators continue to examine the events that led up to the crash, officials remind motorists to be aware of the increasing number of construction zones. They say that as weather continues to warm, the number of projects the state will be performing will rise.
This means it is vital that motorists eliminate all distractions when driving. A spokesman for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Brad Smithee, explained how an “observant” motorist, rather than a distracted driver, is less likely to be involved in an accident.
The Little Rock Personal Injury Attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton encourage motorists to stay safe by not using handheld electronic devices while driving.