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.
March 3rd, 2014
March 3, 2014
A winter storm covered the region in a blanket of snow and ice. While the weather made for a beautiful winter wonderland, it is also to blame for causing numerous Arkansas Car Accidents throughout the state.
According to an article published by the Times-Herald, numerous highways were being shut down either due to collisions or vehicles stranded due to a loss of traction. The Arkansas State Patrol reported a 10-mile stretch of highway along I-40 being shut down due to heavy traffic and similar issues were being seen in other parts of the state as well.
These reports leave many citizens wondering what they can do to stay safe while driving in winter weather. The Little Rock Personal Injury Attorneys with the law firm of Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain there are several steps that can be taken to help decrease the chances of being in an accident on the road caused by snow and ice. They include:
- Staying Off The Road– If you do not have to venture onto slick roads, stay at home until the weather improves.
- Checking Vehicle Equipment– Tires should have ample tread, all vehicle lights should illuminate, windshield wipers should easily clear debris, and brakes should be properly functioning.
- Be Prepared– Know the weather and road conditions along the route you plan to travel and bring extra supplies, such as food, water, blankets, and lighting, in case you become stranded.
November 18th, 2013
November 18, 2013
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of serious traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States. In fact, motor vehicle collisions account for roughly 20 percent of all TBIs. The Arkansas Brain Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that a 26-year-old man is facing years in prison for his part in causing a crash that left one woman dead and one of children with a serious TBI.
An article from the Hope Star states the incident occurred on Nov. 16, 2012, along a highway running through Hempstead County. Reports indicate the victim was driving along the road when her vehicle was struck by another automobile driven by the accused. The impact claimed the woman’s life.
Further investigation by law enforcement officials determined the man responsible for causing the accident was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash. He now faces between 15 and 40 years in prison for his crimes, on top of being required to pay the victim’s family $100,000 in restitution. A stipulation in a plea agreement says that sum will have no impact on any civil litigation the family brings against the man who caused the wreck.
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton’s Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult the aftermath of motor vehicle accidents can be, and are hopeful that this decision helps bring closure to the family of the victim.
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.
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!
December 17th, 2012
Dec. 17, 2012
A 33-year-old woman from Fayetteville, Arkansas was killed and a man was left seriously injured following a multi-vehicle accident last week. An article from FOX 16 News stated the crash happened around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon along Interstate-40, near Briscoe, Arkansas.
The Arkansas State Police say that the female victim was a passenger in a vehicle that came to a halt behind a tractor-trailer in traffic waiting to pass through a construction zone. A third car plowed into the rear of the victim’s car after it failed to come to a stop for traffic. The impact of the Arkansas Car Accident was forceful enough to crush the victim’s car into the rear of the big rig.
Rescue crews arrived to find the female victim dead at the scene, but worked quickly to transport the driver of the vehicle to a local hospital for treatment to serious injuries.
Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that each year, roughly 1.8 million rear end collisions occur in the United States. They account for roughly 30 percent of all accidents.
The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton know the results of this type of accident can be devastating and are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights if you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own.
November 26th, 2012
Nov. 26, 2012
Five people were left seriously injured after an Arkansas Car Accident yesterday. The Baxter Bulletin reports that the crash happened at around 5:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, near the corner of Highway 62 and Sixth Street in Yellville, Arkansas.
Cpl. Clinton L. Evans, a spokesperson for the Arkansas State Police, stated the 39-year-old driver of a Dodge SUV, carrying his wife and two children, was stopped in the left lane of the highway as he waited to turn onto Sixth Street.
The 25-year-old driver of a Pontiac Sunfire, carrying a female passenger, was following the Durango too closely and was unable to stop in time to prevent a rear-end collision. The impact of left all four occupants of the Durango with injuries, and they were transported to a hospital for further evaluation. The Pontiac’s passenger also sustained injuries as a result of the crash.
Investigators believe the driver of the Pontiac’s failure to safely follow the SUV caused the accident.
The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton understand the dangers that drivers face on the open road. Drivers should never follow a vehicle so closely that they cannot see beneath the rear bumper of the car in front of them. When following a tractor-trailer, follow at a distance that lets you see the truck’s side view mirrors.
November 19th, 2012
Nov. 19, 2012
The family of a 52-year-old Blytheville woman, who was killed in an Arkansas Car Accident involving a speeding state trooper, was recently awarded $2.97 million for their loss. According to an article published by the Insurance Journal, the crash happened in Nov. 2009, along Arkansas Highway 77 in Manila.
Reports show the trooper was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph while responding to an emergency call without his vehicle’s lights or sirens activated. As the victim attempted to pull onto the highway from the parking lot of a restaurant, she failed to see the oncoming trooper and the two vehicles collided. The victim died at the scene from blunt force trauma sustained in the accident.
The trooper was charged with felony manslaughter, but reached a plea deal with the court when he pleaded guilty to a single count of misdemeanor negligent homicide. He resigned from the force after being arrested on DWI charges this past September in Missouri.
Policy requires law enforcement and emergency vehicles to activate both their lights and sirens when responding to an emergency situation. Failure to do so can be considered negligence in the event of an accident.
That is why the Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt and Sexton are hopeful the decision in the case will help bring some closure to the friends and family of the victim.