In 2012, 2.5 million Americans were sent to the emergency room for treatment of injuries suffered in a car crash, according to the Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those 2.5 million people, 200,000 would spend time in the hospital, and roughly 80 percent of those who were injured were teens or young adults and those over the age of 80.
As some Arkansas residents may know, there are things a driver who is not at fault in an accident may want to do when an accident happens. It is essential that the driver stop and exchange information.
Arkansas State Police say that a two-car collision claimed the life of a 72-year-old Stuttgart driver and injured his 60-year-old female passenger on Sunday, Feb. 22. The driver of the second vehicle involved in the incident was also injured in the wreck. All three individuals were transported to Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart, where the Stuttgart man was pronounced dead following the motor vehicle accident.
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.
Texting while driving is dangerous, and it is also against the law in Arkansas except in cases of emergency. In 2010, 3,092 motorists died and 416,000 suffered injuries due to texting, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, driving while texting makes it 23 times more likely a driver will be involved in an accident. Government agencies, industry and various safety organizations are trying to decrease the practice.
A 24-year-old woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison after entering guilty pleas to negligent homicide, driving while intoxicated and first-degree battery in an Arkansas court. The woman will have to serve a minimum of three years before reaching parole eligibility, as she was sentenced as a persistent DWI offender. When she is released, she will have to follow all conditions of a 10-year suspended sentence.
A single-car accident in Arkansas left one man dead and two people injured on Sept. 14. The accident occurred around 1:10 a.m. on Interstate 30 between Bryant and Alexander. Arkansas state troopers said that the deceased man, a 34-year-old Bryant resident, was driving in the westbound lanes when he lost control of the car near mile marker 125.
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.