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.
August 25th, 2014
Motor vehicle collisions occur everyday here in Little Rock, and one of the most common causes is driver inattention. This was the case with a Little Rock car accident that happened earlier this month.
At around 6 p.m. on Aug. 7, the 28-year-old driver of a Google-owned Subaru Legacy was driving down a one-way Little Rock Street in the wrong direction. Upon realizing the mistake, The Smoking Gun reports the driver attempted to make an illegal U-turn and came into contact with another vehicle.
The impact caused the other vehicle to spin out of control. The 22-year-old driver of the 2008 Mazda that was hit sustained bruised ribs and a case of whiplash that could keep him out of work for up to three weeks.
The injured victim plans to take legal action to be compensated for his losses.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, speaking with a Little Rock personal injury attorney can help to ensure your legal rights are protected at all times. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we have decades of experience helping crash victims, and we want to help you too. Call us anytime at (800) 767-4815 to speak with a member of our legal staff.
August 18th, 2014
Trailer detachments have been responsible for three serious Little Rock car accidents in the just two weeks.
Reports indicate that on July 28, a trailer detached from a vehicle driving along I-40 and struck another car. The impact left two motorists with severe injuries.
Arkansas Matters released an article that stated at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, a trailer detached while being hauled along Highway 365. It then collided with an SUV, leaving on person injured.
These incidents leave many wondering what they can do to prevent trailer detachment accidents from happening. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we suggest:
- Be Vigilant- Whether you’re hauling a trailer or passing a vehicle pulling one, it’s important to pay extra close attention to your surroundings and the road.
- Use Lights- All trailers should be equipped with lighting to warn other motorists of stops and turns.
- Use Safety Chains- All trailers should be equipped with a set of chains that run from the trailer to the hitch to stop a potential detachment.
- Check Equipment Regularly for Wear- Replace any parts or equipment that could break while in use.
Our firm’s Little Rock personal injury lawyers hope these tips help to keep you, your loved ones, and others on the road safe from harm!
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.