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Arkansas wrong-way car accident ends in death and injuries

Sometime before 7:45 p.m., dispatchers for the Arkansas State Police received a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the southbound side of Interstate 49. Unfortunately, troopers were unable to reach the vehicle before it was involved in a car accident with one other vehicle. The wrong-way driver was killed, and the other driver was injured.

The preliminary investigation conducted by troopers with the Arkansas State Police determined that the 72-year-old driver somehow mistakenly entered the southbound lanes at Exit 81. As he traveled north on the wrong side of the interstate, the unsuspecting driver of another vehicle was traveling south on the interstate. He was unable to avoid colliding with the vehicle head on.

Was distracted driving the cause of head-on collision?

Research indicates that drivers who allow themselves to become distracted cause as many accidents as those who drive under the influence. Distracted driving encompasses any activity that takes drivers' attention off the road, such as texting, eating or personal grooming. Troopers with the Arkansas State Police may be investigating whether the driver believed responsible for a recent head-on collision was somehow distracted in the seconds before the crash.

According to the preliminary report of the Arkansas State Police, the two vehicles involved were traveling in opposite directions on Highway 70 at around 5 a.m. on the morning of the accident. As the two cars approached each other, one of the vehicles veered into the oncoming lane, directly into the path of the other car. Unable to maneuver out of the wrong-way vehicle's path in time, the car was struck head-on.

Texting is a dangerous and deadly form of distracted driving

As the pace of our lives has increased, so has our need to communicate under a variety of circumstances. In fact, many Arkansas drivers will send and receive texts as they drive. This type of distracted driving is dangerous and causes numerous accidents each year. In fact, research suggests that texting and driving has become just as dangerous -- if not more dangerous -- than driving under the influence.

The problem with texting and driving is that the driver's attention is taken from the roadway. In those few seconds, the landscape around the vehicle can change dramatically. When a driver looks up, it could be too late to avoid a collision.

The cause of a car accident may not be readily known

Some crashes do not need intensive investigation in order to determine the cause. Even though it may be obvious which vehicle hit the other, that does not necessarily mean that driver was at-fault for the car accident. Arkansas authorities may need to conduct further investigation before any citations are issued or charges are filed.

This scenario could be the reason why few details regarding a recent car wreck are available. At approximately 6 p.m., a pickup truck and a passenger car approached the same Arkansas intersection. One of the vehicles failed to stop at the intersection, but reports do not indicate whether it was the car or the truck.

Grieving father warns of the dangers of holiday drunk driving

On New Year's Day two years ago, an Arkansas family was on its way to celebrate a late Christmas with another family member. However, the trip home from the airport on Interstate 30 had put an abrupt end to any celebrations that day. The Arkansas man lost two members of his family that day -- his father and 10-year-old daughter -- in an accident believed to be caused by drunk driving.

Another driver had slammed into the back of the family's car on the interstate. The man's father suffered deadly injuries to which he succumbed during the crash. It is not known whether the man's daughter died right away, or if she had survived long enough to be taken to a hospital. Her father did say that it was difficult to find a bone in her body that was not broken in the accident. What injuries were suffered by the remaining occupants, if any, were not reported.

Arkansas cross-over car accident sends 4 people to the hospital

Road closures following vehicle accidents in Arkansas are not unfamiliar sights during the holidays. Many of these delays are necessary to allow clearing up operations after vehicle accidents. Traffic on a roadway in Jonesboro was disrupted for almost an hour on a recent Tuesday morning. The road closure followed a head-on car accident that caused severe injuries.

The Jonesboro police reported that a westbound sedan had crossed over the center line into the lanes of eastbound traffic. An approaching SUV failed to avoid a collision and smashed head on into the sedan. The SUV driver and his two passengers were transported to a local hospital, along with the driver of the other vehicle. However, the sedan driver's injuries necessitated a transfer to another hospital by helicopter. No information about the severity of the other injuries was published.

2 people killed in Arkansas motor vehicle accident

For many people, November and December is their favorite time of the year. With the holidays, it is a time of family togetherness. Unfortunately, two families in Arkansas will likely associate the holidays with the death of their loved one after two people were killed in a head-on motor vehicle accident.

The accident happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. one evening in late November. Police claim that a 64-year-old driver was traveling north in a sedan. Unfortunately, reports indicate that she crossed the center line, striking a southbound vehicle head on. The driver of that car was a 52-year-old man.

Arkansas attorneys help truck accident victims

Any person who has spent a great deal of time on the roadways likely knows of the dangers of driver fatigue. While some drivers in Arkansas may try to stay awake by playing loud music or drinking highly caffeinated beverages, it is simply not safe to stay behind the wheel. While every fatigued driver should take a rest, fatigue experienced by truck drivers can cause a truck accident that may have serious, even fatal, consequences.

There are federal laws regarding commercial truck drivers. These laws state that drivers are only allowed to spend a certain number of hours in a day working. Moreover, only a specific number of consecutive hours can be spent driving. Drivers are required to keep a log of their work hours to help ensure they meet federal requirements.

Death, injuries stem from pedestrian motor vehicle accident

Pedestrian accidents are almost as common as car accidents here in Arkansas and throughout the country. Because of the lack of protection, pedestrians generally suffer significant and even fatal injuries when involved in a motor vehicle accident. Pedestrian accidents can occur when individuals are trying to cross the street,walking along a sidewalk or even helping a friend to move a car off the road after it has broken down. It appears that the latter is what has happened recently in Arkansas.

On a recent Saturday evening, a college student lost his life. For unknown reasons, two men were pushing an SUV down the street. A female was behind the wheel, steering it in the right direction.

Arkansas truck accident takes five lives

Road trips are supposed to be exciting and fun. Unfortunately, not all road trips go as planned. For the families of five people who were involved in an Arkansas truck accident, the thought of a road trip may never be the same again. 

Five out-of-state residents were traveling through Arkansas recently when they were involved in an accident that was believed to have been caused by a tractor-trailer. According to reports, the semi truck struck the van in which they were traveling on its left side. The impact from this hit reportedly caused the van to enter into the median. Although no other vehicles were said to be involved in the crash, all five individuals in the van were pronounced dead at the scene.

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