Car Accidents Archives

Distracted driving and cell phones

Some Arkansas drivers may not realize how dangerous distracted driving can be. One study has shown that a person who is texting is 23 times more likely to crash than a person who is not texting due to distraction. Furthermore, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver distraction caused almost 20 percent of fatal crashes in 2010.

5 injured, 1 dead in Arkansas collision

According to the Arkansas State Police, an accident that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 27, resulted in injury to a number of individuals and the death of a 63-year-old woman from Sulphur Rock. The woman was driving on a road in Independence Country when a 16-year-old male driver going the opposite direction passed over the centerline and struck her vehicle.

Arkansas driver claims no wrongdoing in fatal crash

Investigation into a deadly accident that reportedly happened in Conway in late August continued into early September even as the driver decided to speak out to the public. One week after the incident, authorities had not filed any negligence or other charges against the driver, who is accused of hitting another woman on a scooter.

Teen dies in high-speed crash near Redfield

On Aug. 17, an Arkansas teenager was killed in a one-car crash in Jefferson County that police believe involved excessive speeds and a pedestrian. The 17-year-old boy was apparently thrown from the back seat of the car when the 26-year-old driver attempted to avoid striking a pedestrian outside Redfield around 6:30 p.m. Before the wreck, witnesses say the vehicle was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Driver in fatal Arkansas crash arrested on prior DWI

A woman with warrants on file was taken into custody following a fatal cash on June 23. According to the Arkansas State Police, the results of toxicology reports must be completed before police will know whether there is any possibility that alcohol may have contributed to the accident.

What do car accidents really cost American society?

A single severe car accident can result in numerous costs. Both property damage to vehicles involved in the accident and to any affected outside objects or structures can costs thousands and thousands of dollars. In addition, local governments employ first responders to assist in such situations, court costs and attorneys fees related to the accident can be expensive and medical care tied to any given accident can be astronomical. These monetary totals do not even factor in the loss of income, loss of mobility, loss of life and trauma that can result from car accidents.

Study shows discrepancy in recording drunk driving deaths

A new study has revealed that drunk driving is causing seven times more deaths than have been recorded by state and local authorities. The researchers looked at state and local death certificates for cases where one cause of death was an alcohol-related crash, and found that the number was dramatically lower than that reported by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which gathers information from police reports. The disconnect between the two may be confusing to many who think that the process should be more contiguous. However, death certificates are produced within days of a fatal accident, often before test results can come back with definitive information about the sobriety of the driver.

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