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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 ›

Statistics tell us that a person who drives while reading or sending text messages is 23 more likely to cause or be involved in a crash than other nondistracted drivers.  Typically a crash happens, on average, within three seconds once a driver is distracted.

A young woman in Fayetteville was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk on the University of Arkansas campus a couple of days ago.   Authorities cited the teen driver who hit the pedestrian with using a handheld device while driving.    In an instant, lives are changed – forever.   And this tragic accident was 100% avoidable.

Here are some reminders when you’re behind the wheel as to how we can do our parts on the roadways to keep others, and ourselves, safe:

Around 2:30 a.m. this morning a charter bus was found overturned in a ditch near Hot Springs.   The bus was carrying the Orange Mound youth all-star football team and chaperones.   The driver of the charter bus lost control of the bus, causing it to skid off the roadway, ultimately landing on its side in a ditch off I30 near the Hot Springs exit.   A third-grade child was killed in this bus accident, and at least 45 others were injured.   Children between the ages of 8-13 were treated at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.   Two people were airlifted.   The charter bus was owned by a company out of Somerville, Tennessee called Scott Shuttle Service.

Deaths caused by a bus wreck are rare, but obviously no one is immune from the dangers of driving on the interstates and roadways.   The bus driver was interviewed by police, but it is unknown at this time why she lost control.

A few common causes of losing control of a bus include:

Distracted Driving Leaves its Mark on Innocent Victims in Arkansas

Statistics show that if you’ve been hurt in a car accident on the highway in Arkansas, there’s a big chance your injuries were caused by a distracted driver. Indeed, the number of people hurt in car crashes on      I-40, I-530, I-30 and elsewhere is skyrocketing as distracted and careless drivers simply ignore Arkansas traffic laws and take the fate of others into their own hands.

And while there’s very little you can do to protect yourself from being involved in a wreck caused by reckless drivers on the highways in Arkansas, you can take steps to minimize the stress of your recovery process by taking necessary steps to ensure you are getting the proper medical care for your injuries, knowing your rights, and knowing that your claim is being handled properly and efficiently.   Insurance companies have lawyers working on their behalf, and so should you.     Continue reading ›

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