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.
March 11th, 2013
March 11, 2013
The number of fatal motor vehicle accidents is reportedly rising across the nation in recent years, and government officials are attempting to implement new technology to improve highway safety. According to an article from KSLA 12 News, one new device being used in Arkansas is the moving safety barrier.
The moving safety barriers are known as attenuators, and are hooked to the rear of a vehicle at the head of a work zone. This is done to prevent a vehicle from entering a work site and to cushion the blow of motor vehicle accidents.
The devices were put to the test on Thursday in Texarkana, Arkansas, when a vehicle plowed into one of the devices protecting workers on I-30. The use of the device was seen as a success following the Arkansas Car Accident, considering only the driver of the car and one worker had to be transported to the hospital in private vehicles with minor injuries.
Arkansas Highway Department spokesperson, Joe Haney, explained the accident would have been much more serious without the safety equipment in place, because the vehicle would have collided with the rear end of a loaded dump truck.
The Little Rock Personal Injury Attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton applaud the use of this new safety technology. The firm hopes these devices will continue to prove successful in reducing the number of serious auto accidents.
February 11th, 2013
Feb. 11, 2013
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced their data shows a downward trend in motor vehicle accidents during recent years. An article from the Courier News discussed these findings in detail, reasons the trend is occurring, and what it could mean for motorists in the future.
Data collected by the NHTSA showed that 32,367 people lost their lives to motor vehicle accidents in 2011. This was the lowest number of fatalities the nation has seen since 1949. Totals from Arkansas paralleled these findings, with 549 people dying as a result of Arkansas Car Accidents in 2011, compared to 571 lives lost in 2010.
Experts believe the decline in fatalities can be attributed to safer vehicles being available today. Regulations now require standard seat belts and airbags, not to mention other advanced safety features a vehicle can be optioned out with. Many of these safety options have become available during the last decade.
The findings leave many asking if the downward trend will continue. Experts believe that, as the economy improves, the number of fatalities may once again rise.
The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are glad to see less accidents resulting in loss of life here in Arkansas, but would like to remind drivers to always be vigilant in the face of the dangers on the road while behind the wheel of a car.
January 21st, 2013
Jan. 21, 2013
An Arkansas 911 emergency dispatcher was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into an accident that occurred last week just outside of Little Rock. According to The Arkansas Times, the suspension was issued after it was discovered the dispatcher failed to properly input information about the accident into the computer system, resulting in a heavily delayed police and rescue response.
Reports show that at around 8 a.m. on Jan. 14, a woman driving an SUV carrying her 5-year-old son hit a patch of ice on Cooper Orbit Road, just east of Capitol Hill Boulevard and Rushmore Avenue. The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to slide off the road into an icy pond.
The driver immediately called 911 for assistance, but the dispatcher failed to enter information about the accident correctly. As a result, only Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) responded to the scene of the Arkansas Car Accident. This delayed the Water Rescue Crew from the Little Rock Fire Department and the Little Rock Police Department, causing them to arrive a half hour after the accident occurred.
Both victims were rushed to a local hospital for treatment. The female victim died shortly after arrival at the facility, while the boy remains in critical condition.
The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to send their condolences to the family of the victim and hope the young boy has a speedy recovery.
December 31st, 2012
Dec. 31, 2012
Drinking and driving is one of the leading causes of Arkansas Car Accidents, especially on New Year’s Eve. As a result, law enforcement across the state will be cracking down on impaired motorists.
The Helena-Arkansas Daily World reports as many as 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are related to alcohol. One-third of all motorists will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point in their lives, with many individuals facing possible criminal and civil penalties for their actions.
To combat this problem, the Helena-West Helena Police Department not only stated it will be watching for drunk drivers, but they also offered several tips to ensure everyone has a safe ride home tonight.
The agency says the most important thing to remember is to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol and ensuring that friends don’t either. Instead, designate a sober driver before going anywhere or plan to utilize a taxi service. If you are hosting a party, have food and non-alcoholic beverages available to guests, and remember to make accommodations for those unable to make it home.
The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton recognize the dangers drinking and driving can pose to everyone on the road and hope these tips help ensure everyone has a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!