Arkansas residents may wish to note that some days are much more dangerous to drive than others. Statistics indicate that certain holidays, which encourage alcohol consumption and travel, can be very hazardous on the roads, and other days, like Friday the 13th, are also surprisingly unlucky.
Each year in Arkansas, people are seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers. Even when drivers take their eyes off the road for a couple of seconds, that can be enough time for them to drift into another lane or fail to stop on time, colliding with others as a result.
Arkansas drivers may wish to know some information about a sternum fracture, an injury that commonly results from a car accident. Due to the potential severity of the injury, care should be taken to avoid them through safety measures.
Car accidents in Arkansas can leave those involved with serious injuries, including fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine. A spine fracture usually occurs when the forces involved in an accident are extremely strong; in fact, other injuries may mask a spine fracture. However, spine fractures can take a long period to heal.
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of skull fractures and brain injuries in Arkansas. Often caused by the head striking the steering wheel or dashboard, this type of injury can also arise after an object hits the back of a driver or passenger's head.
Fault in car accidents can be a complicated concept. In many cases, both parties are partially at fault because of the circumstances. In these cases, fault can be placed on both drivers for certain percentages, and those percentages would determine how much compensation is paid out by insurance companies as a result of the accidents. These percentages can be negotiable with the insurance companies. Though Arkansas law does not allow for recovery of damages if the person's fault is over 50 percent, some insurance companies may still offer a settlement to avoid expensive litigation.
On July 26, an accident occurred on Interstate 40 near Maumelle when a fully loaded trailer unhitched from the truck that was hauling it. The 17-year-old female driver of a Pontiac Vibe was traveling westbound on the roadway struck the trailer. According to the news source, she only had to time to attempt to brake. The teen suffered several broken bones in the crash that pushed the front end of her vehicle into her legs. It took emergency personnel about an hour and a half to safely extract the young woman from the mangled car. She was subsequently transported to Baptist Health in Little Rock and had undergone several surgeries as of July 28.
Authorities have reported that a three-car accident that occurred in Jefferson County at 11:02 p.m. on July 5 has left two individuals dead and one injured. The injured individual was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Two other individuals involved in the accident reported no injuries.