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.
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.