May 18th, 2015
Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year. That’s why the Little Rock car accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton want to discuss one of the most common and preventable contributing factors to injuries and fatalities in car crashes—failure to buckle up.
Arkansas statistics show that 59 percent of the individuals who die in automobile crashes were not restrained by a safety belt at the time of their accident. And as many as 75 percent of people between ages 16-20 who die in Arkansas car accidents aren’t buckled up.
Several agencies and organizations have partnered to bring the Click It or Ticket campaign to the area to raise seatbelt safety awareness. According to the City of Benton, officers will begin strict and saturated enforcement of state and local seat belt laws between May 18 and the end of the month. Officers say they will also be closely watching for drunk drivers during the campaign period.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we have seen the damage car crashes can cause. That’s why our Little Rock personal injury lawyers remind you to buckle up each and every time you get into a vehicle.
April 20th, 2015
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in Arkansas today. To help keep inattentive drivers off our roads, the Arkansas car accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain many local organizations are educating the public about the risks.
One of these groups is the Arkansas State Police. Their spokesperson, Col. Bill Bryant, stated troopers were out in full force this weekend citing drivers as part of the “U Drive U Text U Pay” campaign.
According to The Courier, Arkansas state law bans drivers from texting, typing, emailing, or using the Internet behind the wheel of a vehicle. Drivers under age 18 are also prohibited from talking on a phone while driving, unless the call is to an emergency number. A violation is considered a primary offense and is punishable by a warning ticket for a first offense and a $100 fine for every offense thereafter.
Last week, troopers stopped drivers they suspected of talking or texting. Their hope is to increase awareness and make inattentive motorists think twice about using a phone by hitting them where it hurts the most—the pocket book.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we are aware of the devastating results of distracted driving accidents. Our Little Rock personal injury lawyers point out that you can do your part by promising to focus on the road each and every time you drive and encouraging others to do the same.
March 30th, 2015
The Prevalence of Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions can be extremely dangerous because of the force of impact exerted when crashes occur. These dangers were made evident by two recent fatal Arkansas car accidents.
Recent Head-On Crashes
According to Arkansas Online, the first crash happened on Thursday, March 26, on U.S. 82 in Union County. A 26-year-old man was heading west along the road in a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban when the driver of an eastbound 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer crossed the center yellow lines and struck the Suburban head-on. The driver of the Suburban was rushed to a local hospital by first responders, but he died the next day.
The second accident occurred on Saturday, March 28, along U.S. 63 near Pine Bluff. Police say the 31-year-old victim was behind the wheel of a 2012 Nissan just before 1:45 a.m. when a 1998 GMC crossed the dividing lines of the highway. The two vehicles struck one another head-on and the driver of the Nissan was declared dead at the scene.
Avoiding a Head-On Accident
Collisions like these may leave you wondering what you can do to reduce the chances of a head-on crash. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our team of Little Rock car accident lawyers suggest steering clear of the “Three D’s” of preventable crashes:
- Distracted Driving- Not paying attention while driving is one of the leading causes of accidents where vehicles cross the center lines of the road.
- Drowsy Driving- Falling asleep at the wheel is also a top cause of head-on collisions in the United States today, so get plenty of rest before hitting the road.
- Drunk Driving- Many drunk drivers travel against the flow of traffic simply because they are unaware of their surroundings. Avoid wrong-way driving by never getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
We hope these tips help to keep you safe on the road!
February 2nd, 2015
Many factors can cause an Arkansas car accident. And in some cases, the cause for a crash is a defective or improperly designed roadway. That’s why Arkansas officials are taking their time to consider the design of roundabouts to be installed along Dave Ward Drive in Conway, Arkansas.
An article from the Log Cabin Democrat states officials are a little more than halfway done with the planning phase for updates to Dave Ward Drive, but the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department are concerned the new design will not stand up to traffic increases over time. That’s why they are expanding the roundabout project from two lanes to three.
But the extra lane poses safety concerns. Engineers have stated that in order to add the extra lane, parts of the roadway will have to be straightened for extended distances. This could lead to speeding, which can increase the likelihood of car accidents.
The city and state are looking into the matter and hired a third party to examine the safety of the new design.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Little Rock personal injury lawyers are hopeful further investigation into this roundabout design will lead to safer roads for everyone in Arkansas.
December 22nd, 2014
Christmas is fast approaching, which means a large number of Arkansas’ citizens will be on the road, heading to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, the Little Rock car accident lawyers with the law firm of Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain the holiday season also typically comes with a spike in vehicle collisions caused by intoxicated motorists.
Numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that, in December 2012, there were a total of 830 drunk driving accident fatalities and thousands more injuries suffered in crashes caused by drivers who had too much to drink.
In order to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents in Arkansas this year, the state has launched its holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” public safety campaign. As part of the program, law enforcement will be increasing their saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints in order to take drunk drivers off the road for the next several weeks. According to the Newport Independent, the campaign kicked off Friday, December 12, and will end on New Year’s Day.
The dangers of drunk driving are no secret. That’s why it’s so important for each and every one of us to do our part to keep the roads safe during the holidays. Rainwater, Holt & Sexton’s team of Arkansas personal injury attorneys encourage you to do your part by:
- Pledging not to drink and drive.
- Volunteering to be the designated driver on group outings.
- Reporting any suspected drunk drivers to local law enforcement.
- Buckling up every time you get into a vehicle.
November 17th, 2014
Thanksgiving can be a wonderful opportunity to visit family or friends, but it can be an extremely dangerous time to be on the road in Arkansas. Reports indicate that during 2012’s Thanksgiving weekend, 301 Americans lost their lives in motor vehicle collision. Ten of those fatalities were the result of Arkansas car accidents.
These crashes are just one of the reason law enforcement across the state has announced they will be cracking down on drivers who don’t obey the law this holiday season. According to an article from FOX 16 News, Arkansas State Troopers and other agencies from around the state will partner in the “Click It Or Ticket” Campaign, which runs from November 24-30.
During that time, law enforcement officers will stop motorists who are speeding, distracted, or not wearing their seat belts. They will focus their efforts predominantly on I-40.
So what can you do to stay safe and ticket free this holiday season? Most experts agree that wearing a seat belt is one of the best options. Seat belts can reduce the chances of death in accidents by as much as 45 percent and save as many as 12,000 lives per year.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Little Rock personal injury lawyers recognize the importance of buckling up. That’s why you should wear your seat belt each time you get in a vehicle and ask all other occupants to do the same.
November 3rd, 2014
Driving is a privilege that can help keep elderly Americans independent and active, but the chances of being involved in an automobile accident increases as we age. In fact, data indicates that 15 motorists over age 65 are killed and another 5,000 are injured each day as the result of car accidents.
To help reduce the number of elderly individuals who are injured or killed in Little Rock car accidents, an event called CarFit to promote motor vehicle safety among the elderly is being held this weekend. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at Baptist Health Medical Center.
Representatives from Baptist told reporters for THV 11 News that the event will feature information geared toward helping the elderly stay safe while driving. This includes:
- Helping the elderly address blind spots on their vehicles.
- Establishing safe driving postures and positions.
- Tips on how to enter and exit vehicles safely.
Participants will spend roughly 20 minutes with a certified vehicle inspector to determine if there are any ways the vehicle can be made safer. Inspectors can then recommend some certain devices that can help make operating a vehicle a little easier for the elderly.
Other ways elderly drivers can stay safe is to regularly undergo vision and hearing examinations to ensure their senses aren’t impaired.
The Little Rock personal injury lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton understand the dangers older citizens face behind the wheel and encourage elderly drivers to consider attending this event to help keep them safe on the road.
October 27th, 2014
Danger Lurking During Halloween
Halloween is this Friday, and for many children, it’s a great chance to show off their costumes while trick-or-treating. What many people don’t realize is that participating in these festivities can significantly increase the odds of a motor vehicle collision. In fact, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System shows Halloween to be one of the deadliest days of the year when it comes to car accidents.
Staying Safe This Halloween
These reports leave many in Little Rock wondering what they can do to avoid being the victim of an accident this Halloween. Most experts will agree that participating in group Trick-or-Treating events, like the 19th Annual Big Boo!-seum Bash in Little Rock, is one of the best ways to stay safe.
According to an article from THV 11 News, the event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6-8:30 P.M. During that time, participants will be able to make their way to nine locations where candy, games, and activities will take place.
There will also be a costume contest taking place that will feature prizes such as a flat screen TV, a $100 gift card, and a basket of goodies.
Have a Happy Halloween!
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Little Rock personal injury attorneys hope you have a safe and fun Halloween. We also encourage you to attend the Big Boo!-seum Bash.
October 13th, 2014
Guardrails are designed to protect us from danger, but what if they put lives at risk instead? A new study has shown that the design of some guardrails may be seriously flawed.
According to an article from ABC 7 News, a study from the Safety Institute found that there was a three times greater chance of death when a vehicle struck the model of guardrail that’s installed along most of Arkansas’ highways. Furthermore, the chance of injury was two times higher when impacting these particular rails versus collisions with other designs.
These problems are just one of the reasons why a Little Rock man filed an Arkansas defective product lawsuit against the manufacturer of the units. He claims design flaws in the guardrails are to blame for the dangers they present.
Federal officials have denied the claims the guardrails pose a threat to drivers in the United States.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, the Little Rock car accident lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton may be able to help. Our legal staff will be able to guide you through the claims process and help answer your questions. Call us today at (800) 767-4815 to discuss your case.
September 15th, 2014
Distracted driving is a problem across the United States, but is especially prevalent here in Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas State Police report as many as 780 Arkansas car accidents were the result of drivers not paying attention to the road in 2008 alone.
To help combat this epidemic, the state has initiated Operation Impact. According to Arkansas Matters, the program is aimed at reducing motor vehicle accidents in our state by addressing some of the most common problems—such as distracted driving.
Operation Impact’s first meeting was held in August, and it was quickly determined distracted driving should be the first problem addressed. The group plans to meet again soon to discuss what can be done to reduce distracted driving in our state.
Studies show that creating laws is one effective means of preventing distracted driving, with regulations decreasing distracted driving fatalities by as much as 11 percent.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we know just how dangerous distracted driving can be. That’s why our team of Little Rock personal injury lawyers applauds the efforts being made to eradicate this plague from our road, and we are hopeful the program is a success.