According to the Arkansas State Police Report from 2010, there were fewer vehicle crashes overall in 2010 than in 2009. There were also less fatal crashes and deaths on Arkansas public roads in 2010 than in any year in the previous decade. Although alcohol and drug-related crashes made up only seven percent of all crashes in the state, alcohol or drugs were a factor in 45 percent of all fatal crashes — and the majority of those were single vehicle crashes.
Being involved in an accident is almost always a traumatic experience. The following tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road:
- Always make sure the driver and all passengers are wearing seatbelts. Seatbelts greatly reduce the risk of serious injury.
- Talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking and driving. Teens and young adults are more likely to be involved in fatal accident than other demographics.
- If you see a car that is driving erratically, maintain a safe distance and call the police.
- Try to avoid the “fast lane.” Most accidents occur in the left lane.
- Be extra careful when driving during rush hour. The hours between 3 and 6 p.m. constitute the most dangerous three-hour period of the day to be behind the wheel in Arkansas.
Although the State Police Report indicates that crash rates are trending downward, it only takes one accident to ruin a life. Contact an experienced attorney if you or a loved one have been injured in a serious accident and want to explore your legal options.