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Texting and driving can lead to life-altering injuries

In decades past, distracted drivers were those who were eating, shaving or putting on makeup while driving. With advances in technology, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, there are many more distractions than there used to be. Most individuals in Arkansas know better than to use tablets and laptops while they are behind the wheel, but those same people will not think twice about texting and driving, which can lead to life-altering injuries if an accident occurs.

Texting while driving quickly became a safety hazard. In fact, it has surpassed drunk driving as a major risk factor for crashes. Many people are capable of multi-tasking, but doing so behind the wheel is not recommended. Traffic patterns can change in a matter of seconds, and obstacles can appear without warning. If a driver is not paying attention, a catastrophe could follow.

2 Arkansas residents killed in fatal motor vehicle accident

It is important for every Arkansas driver to pay attention while on the roadways. When a driver does not notice that the traffic pattern in front of him or her has changed, a motor vehicle accident could happen. This is especially important when there are no dedicated left-turn lanes and a car could have to stop in order to make a turn.

For example, the Arkansas State Police recently responded to a two-car crash on a county highway. One of the cars had either stopped or slowed in order to make a left-hand turn from one county highway to another. The car behind it failed to stop and slammed into the rear of the car attempting to make the turn.

Lights and reflectors are important for an 18-wheeler's safety

Vehicles' lights are not only there to allow their drivers to see when visibility is low. They also allow other people on the roads that crisscross Arkansas to see them as well. Due to size, an 18-wheeler is required to have more than just one set of headlights in order to improve its ability to be seen, and additional lights also improve the truck driver's ability to see.

If it is dark, raining or snowing, or other conditions exist that decrease drivers' abilities to see, collisions can occur. If a truck is not properly equipped with lights and reflectors, it might not be visible to other vehicles. Furthermore, the truck's driver might not be able to see well either.

U.S. Hwy 412 became the scene of deadly car accident

Some drivers are distracted enough to end up in the oncoming lane of traffic while driving. Others attempt to make an illegal pass or could be impaired. If a car accident results from being over the centerline, it will be up to police to determine the reason. This is most likely part of the investigation into an early morning crash that killed one driver and sent the other to an Arkansas hospital.

At approximately 7:55 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 412 in front of an Arkansas middle school. Two vehicles heading in opposite directions collided. According to troopers with the Arkansas State Police, the westbound vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of the other vehicle.

Woman dies in car accident caused by wrong-way driver

There are certain rules of the road that many Arkansas drivers believe they can take for granted. For instance, when traveling along an Interstate, it is expected that all of the cars on each side of the highway will be traveling the same direction. Unfortunately, there are times when a vehicle ends up heading the wrong way into traffic, which often leads to a car accident.

A 62-year-old woman who was recently heading east on Interstate 78 sometime prior to 8 p.m. had no reason to believe that there was a vehicle heading right toward her from the opposite direction. Unfortunately, the 54-year-old driver of that car somehow ended up heading west in the eastbound lanes right into the other woman's path. The wrong-way vehicle slammed into the victim's car head-on.

Motor vehicle accident on I-40 kills Arkansas woman

A significant number of accidents occur on the Interstate highways in Arkansas. Some of those are head-on collisions caused by drivers traveling on the wrong side of the highway. This was the case in a recent motor vehicle accident in which a woman was killed.

A vehicle driven by the 62-year-old woman was traveling on Interstate 40 on New Year's Eve. She could not have known that another vehicle was approaching her location from the opposite direction. Regrettably, it was traveling toward her vehicle on the same side of the interstate on which her vehicle was already traveling.

Life-altering injuries can occur in ATV accidents

All-terrain vehicles provide many Arkansas residents with hours of recreation. However, when ATV accidents occur, victims can suffer life-altering injuries. If those injuries were the result of negligence on the part of one or more parties, it may be possible to obtain much needed restitution.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in an ATV accident, seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, some of the evidence could be lost. Further, the more time that elapses between the accident and formal witness statements, the greater the possibility that important details could be forgotten.

1 driver survives motor vehicle accident, but the other dies

It seems as though an increasing number of near head-on and head-on collisions involve one driver who somehow strayed into oncoming traffic. Not all of these crashes result in serious injuries or death, but sadly, an alarming number of them do end up with the death of at least one occupant from the vehicles involved. The Arkansas State Police report that this was the case in a recent motor vehicle accident that took place on State Highway 5.

From what troopers with the Arkansas State Police have discovered so far in the investigation, the two vehicles were heading in opposite directions sometime before 12:05 p.m. For a reason that is not yet known, the northbound vehicle veered into the oncoming lane of travel. It did so directly into the path of the southbound vehicle.

Motor vehicle accident kills former MTV reality star

At some point after starring in a reality television show for MTV, Chris Carney moved back home to Arkansas. He was also a musician and married to Tiffany Thornton, who used to star on the Disney Channel show "Sonny With a Chance." Carney's mother is mayor of Hot Springs, where he lived. Sadly, a recent motor vehicle accident took Carney's life.

Carney, who was 35 years old at the time of his death. He was the passenger in a vehicle driven by a 37-year-old man. Preliminary reports provided by the Arkansas State Police indicate that the two were on Highway 70 at approximately 2 a.m. on Friday morning, Dec. 4. As the vehicle went into a curve, the driver somehow lost control of it.

Tired truckers can cause severe injuries to motorists

Nearly every Arkansas driver knows that getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk is dangerous. However, many people do not attribute the same level of danger to driving while fatigued. Accidents caused by tired drivers can be serious. When the driver is behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler, those severe injuries can easily become fatal.

A lack of sleep can be comparable to being intoxicated. A driver's reaction times are decreased. These drivers are most likely not paying adequate attention to the road and may fall asleep at the wheel. Losing control of a vehicle under these conditions is a real possibility. There are already enough dangers on Arkansas' roadways without adding tired drivers to the mix.

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