Arkansas has a high rate of car accidents and low seat-belt use
A 2016 study by 24/7 Wallstreet reviewed data from the International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). The Study looked at factors such as car accident fatalities per capita, intoxicated driving, driving without a seat-belt, and accident location and concluded that Arkansas was the 11th most dangerous state to drive in. Arkansas had 15.7 road deaths per 100,000 drivers (tied for the 25thhighest). 26% of Arkansans were shown to not wear seat-belts while driving (tied for 4th lowest). 75% of Arkansas drivers who were killed had a blood-alcohol content over .08 (15th highest). Finally, 76% of fatal crashes occurred on rural roads (14th highest).
One noticeable trend in the rankings was that southern states scored as more dangerous than northern states. A possible reason for this is that improved road design in larger cities and densely populated areas leads to a reduction in accidents. Additionally, accidents involving large trucks are more likely to be fatal and these vehicles are common in the long, sometimes winding, stretches of southern and mid-western highways.
Make sure you’re protected in the event of a car accident
The high rate of car accidents in Arkansas make it even more important that your car insurance and health insurance are up to date. See our previous blogs covering types of car insurance coverage and minimum insurance coverage rates.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, call the Joyce Law Firm today. Our lawyers are experienced in personal injury law and are available to answer your questions. We know how to negotiate with the insurance and medical providers to help you get the money you need to pay for vehicle damage and medical expenses.
Kirk Joyce is a general practice attorney in Northwest Arkansas who focuses on personal injury law and criminal defense. If you would like to meet with him to discuss your case, please contact the Joyce Law Firm to schedule a consultation.
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