Fatal car accidents can happen in Arkansas for a variety of reasons. They can be caused by a driver who is impaired by alcohol or drugs, one who fails to observe weather conditions or one who is distracted by a cellphone. A look at statistics that have been compiled regarding what causes these crashes may be helpful in possibly avoiding them.
Research conducted by the Auto Insurance Center examined statistics from all fatal car crashes that were compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the years 2009 to 2013. The data included fatalities to pedestrians as well as drivers and passengers, and was looked at on a state-by-state basis. According to the researchers, careless or reckless driving was the most common reason that motor vehicle fatalities occurred in Arkansas.
Accidents frequently depend on other factors, such as the inability in some areas for those who might have been drinking to use public transportation or a taxi instead of getting behind the wheel. Weather was also a relevant reason in areas where there might have been snow, fog, and heavy winds. Other issues that were found to cause fatal accidents around the country were disobeying simple traffic laws such as yield and stop signs, not staying in the proper lane, driving on the wrong side of the road and running from law enforcement. Overcorrection was the leading cause of fatal accidents in three states.
Regardless of the cause, a fatal car accident can leave the victim's family members with immediate expenses, and the survivors in many cases depended upon the decedent's financial support. In the event that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, it may be advisable for the family to meet with an attorney to determine if the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party is appropriate.