According to the Arkansas State Police and Highway Safety Office, there were 58,591 auto accidents reported in 2012, the latest year for which full crash statistics are available. While this marks a 0.8% decrease from 2011, fatal crashes and car accidents involving drugs and alcohol both increased.
In 2012, there were 560 fatalities caused by car accidents, a 1.6% increase from 2011. That same year, Fatal drunk driving accidents increased 9%, accounting for 252 of the 504 fatal crashes reported.
The Arkansas State Police report that fatal car accidents decreased by 7% between 2012 and 2014, though preliminary 2015 reports show that number is again on the rise.
If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed in a car accident, please contact the Duncan Firm online or by calling 877-638-6226 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Little Rock auto accident attorneys.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 32,375 people died in auto accidents in 2014. In region seven, which includes Arkansas and neighboring states, fatal car accidents were 2% higher than the national average. Tragically, nearly all of these could have been avoided if caution and common sense had been utilized.
The leading cause of car accident, both fatal and non-fatal, continues to be driver distraction. In fact, distraction is listed as a contributing factor in over 80% of all car accidents – even those in which it is not a primary cause. This makes inattention a bigger threat to public safety than drugs and alcohol, speeding, and all other forms of negligent driving.
No matter the cause of your accident, if you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, you deserve swift and effective legal representation to help you secure the full compensation you are due. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Little Rock auto accident attorneys, please contact us today by calling 877-638-6226.