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Car crashes due to ice and snow are scary, for everyone involved.    If you can stay home, it’s always best to stay off the roadways.  But we all know that our essential workers have no choice but to get to work – we NEED them, and thankful for them – and there are times that we just have to get out there for various reasons.   Here are some tips to help:

Tips for Driving on the Roadways during Inclement Weather:

  •     Only drive on ice and snow if you feel comfortable doing so
  •     Remove ALL ice and snow from your vehicle before you leave the driveway
  •     Use four-wheel drive or a traction-control system if possible
  •     Know that ice can be ‘invisible’
  •     If you start to slide, steer the same direction as your back wheels are moving
  •     Do NOT ‘slam’ on the brakes
  •     Allow plenty of space between you and the forward vehicle
  •     Avoid using cruise control
  •     Drive in a lower gear
  •     Drive a little under the speed limit

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A car accident in Earle, Arkansas earlier this month demonstrates just how devastating even single-car crashes can be. On the afternoon of January 4th at around 4 PM, a minivan left the roadway, knocked down a utility pole, and smashed into the side of a home. The home was completely destroyed—the entire front of the building sheared off. The broken utility pole caused a fatal cascade in the power grid and knocked out electricity to the entire town. Thankfully, the residents of the home were not injured in the crash and the occupants of the minivan were spared as well. Photos from the scene of this shocking car accident in Arkansas show tremendous carnage and it’s hard to believe that there were no injuries at all.

However, when it comes to seeking financial compensation for losses incurred in an automobile accident, medical expenses are just a part of the picture. Continue reading ›

Two men were killed and another seriously injured in a terrible car crash in Arkansas earlier this month. The three individuals were in an SUV traveling along Ashley County Road in rural Ashley County, Arkansas in windy and rainy weather with poor visibility when tragedy struck. The vehicle, a Ford Escape, left the road as it attempted to navigate a tight corner. It struck a culvert in a ditch and continued traveling, striking several trees before coming to a stop. Two of the individuals in the vehicle (the driver and one passenger) were killed instantly. The second passenger was left with serious, life-threatening injuries.

These two traffic deaths mark the 457th and 458th this year on Arkansas roads according to one preliminary study of crash data collected from around the state.

Contributing Factors Don’t Necessarily Negate Liability

Car accidents in Arkansas are more common when contributing factors like bad weather and poor visibility come into play. Such conditions not only make it more difficult for drivers to safely negotiate traffic, turns, and hills, but they also can make it impossible for a vehicle to physically handle the drive. Cars are mechanical devices and are subject to the laws of physics. If slick conditions eliminate the friction of tire-on-pavement, a car will slide. If a wind gust hits the side of a large vehicle, the vehicle will act like a sail. Continue reading ›

Hit-and-run car accidents in Arkansas can be some of the most difficult for victims because the at-fault party often gets away without ever being caught, but an injured party may still have options available to them for financial recovery.

One hit-and-run accident earlier this month ended in a graveyard.  The crime spree began in Blytheville, Arkansas on September 11th when a 17-year-old driver chose to use intoxicating drugs and get behind the wheel. This list of charges only grew from there as the impaired young driver smashed head-on into another vehicle at the intersection of North Division and West Highway 18 after turning into oncoming traffic. But the young man didn’t stop there. Instead of stopping his vehicle and waiting for authorities, like he should have done, he attempted to escape. Fleeing down the street in a heavily-damaged vehicle, the reckless driver jumped a curb and ran through a cemetery—smashing several grave markers along the way—before the engine actually fell out of his vehicle and the car came to a stop. Continue reading ›

Spinal cord injuries are serious and require immediate medical attention.  Even delaying treatment by a few minutes can have serious impacts on your future quality of life.  As a paralysis accident attorney in Arkansas, I’ve seen the fallout of people simply waiting too long to see a doctor because they didn’t think anything was seriously wrong.

Contrary to popular belief, victims may not immediately know if they have a spinal cord injury. However, delaying treatment can greatly increase the risk of permanent damage leading to partial or complete paralysis. That’s why, if you or a loved one has been involved in any type of accident, you must closely monitor your symptoms and immediately contact a medical professional if you even suspect spinal cord injury. Continue reading ›

The actions (or inactions) of one person can have a tremendous effect on the lives of multiple individuals when that person is behind the wheel of an automobile. Slamming one multi-ton piece of machinery into another can have horrific fallout for everyone involved but, as the number of cars on our streets increases, so do the number of multiple-victim crashes. This truth was brought horrifically to light earlier this year when a car accident in Arkansas injured multiple victims and left a trail of destruction and debris throughout a busy intersection. The whole thing was caused because a driver failed to stop for a red light at an intersection in Springdale.

Red Lights Don’t Stop Everyone

Police investigators were able to cobble together eyewitness testimony and physical evidence to reconstruct the crash and found that the inattention of one driver caused the entire mess.   Oftentimes with serious car crashes, a team of accident reconstructionists would need to be called in to reconstruct a scene, but luckily the police officers onsite were able to get the answers they needed there at the scene and with eyewitness testimony. Continue reading ›

The actions (or inactions) of one person can have a tremendous effect on the lives of multiple individuals when that person is behind the wheel of an automobile. Slamming one multi-ton piece of machinery into another can have a horrific fallout for everyone involved, and as the number of cars on our streets increase, so do the number of multiple-victim crashes. This truth was brought horrifically to light earlier this year when a car accident in Arkansas injured multiple victims and left a trail of destruction and debris throughout a busy intersection. The whole thing was caused because a driver failed to stop for a red light at an intersection in Springdale.

Red Lights Don’t Stop Everyone

The car accident in Springdale, Arkansas happened on Saturday, January 18th at around 3:30 PM. Police investigators were able to cobble together eyewitness’ testimony and physical evidence to reconstruct the crash and found that the inattention of one driver caused the devastation.

The accident report shows that the at-fault driver failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Sunset Road and Jones Road. Not only did they fail to stop, they were also traveling at such a high rate of speed that the initial impact didn’t stop or significantly slow them down. Indeed, their vehicle came into contact with one vehicle, then continued through the intersection and smashed into two more.

Unfortunately, these types of failure to stop car accidents in Arkansas are becoming more and more common. Continue reading ›

An elderly woman was struck and killed by an automobile while crossing the street in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The woman was crossing Wedington Drive in Fayetteville around 6 in the evening when she was first struck by one automobile, then struck again by another vehicle.  When EMTs arrived at the scene of this horrible pedestrian accident in Arkansas, they rushed the victim to nearby Washington Regional Medical Center. The woman’s injuries were too severe and doctors were unable to save her life.

Unfortunately, her story is far too common not only in Arkansas but in the United States as a whole. Distracted, intoxicated, reckless, and careless drivers kill or injure elderly individuals and children far more often than they do “average” adults in America. This tragic trend is made worse by the fact that age also plays a factor in whether or not at-fault drivers make the choice to stay and help after they’ve struck someone or flee. Continue reading ›

Earlier this year a young boy was killed while out for a drive with his grandmother in Woodlawn. Their vehicle was struck from behind by another as the grandmother had stopped awaiting an opportunity to turn left onto Hill Harper Road. The boy, just 11 years old, was rushed to the hospital then sent further afield for treatment in Little Rock, but his injuries were too severe for him to overcome.

Unfortunately, these types of rear-end collisions car accidents in Arkansas are a significant hazard.

According to crash statistics collected by The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NTHSA), rear-end collisions are actually the most common type of crash nationwide. They represent almost a full third of all collisions (29%) and can cause some of the longest-lasting physical injuries suffered by victims. Indeed, victims who survive rear-end car accidents often suffer from neck and spinal cord injuries and a significant portion also have to deal with some form of Traumatic Brain Injury. Continue reading ›

Spinal cord injuries can occur in any number of situations from car and motorcycle crashes to more common accidents like slips and falls. In many cases, liability (financial responsibility) can be assigned to an individual or corporation (such as the store in which the slip occurred or the job site at which the victim fell). However, even when victims win shockingly large insurance settlements after paralysis accidents in Arkansas, they may still be faced with expensive long-term care that can bankrupt family savings accounts and leave survivors feeling helpless.

If you’ve been involved in an accident at work, on the road, or even in a parking lot and are facing the effects of a spinal cord injury, it’s helpful to know just how much your recovery is likely to cost in order to calculate a fair insurance settlement or a potential court award.

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