Why fatalities are so common on Arkansas's highways

Recent data shows that driving in Arkansas is more dangerous than in most other states. Namely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have the 6th-highest death rate for drivers and passengers of motor vehicles. For every 100,000 travelers, Arkansas sees nearly 14 fatalities. The U.S. average is less than half that.

A major factor is the number of semi-trucks that pass through our state. Arkansas serves as an important commercial thoroughfare, and tractor-trailers hauling goods across the country - whether east-west or north-south - are a frequent cause of accidents along the I-40 and I-30 corridors.

What can be done?

Just a quick glimpse at recent headlines will demonstrate to any reader the dangers of our roads: Married couple killed in an accident with a semi-truck carrying 40,000 pounds of ammunition and explosives; seven-vehicle crash leaves one dead and several seriously injured; 18-wheeler accident results in fatality; semi-truck hits fire truck responding to a tractor-trailer fire; I-40 westbound closes after truck leaks hazardous material onto highway.

The list goes on. And, unfortunately, will continue to go on further.

In many cases, the surviving family members of victims are able, with the help of a lawyer, to obtain financial damages through wrongful death filings. While no compensation is enough to replace what has been lost, a wrongful death claim can, at least, provide funding for certain logistical and emotional considerations, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral costs
  • Property damage
  • Mental and physical suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of consortium

Typically, spouses and children of victims are eligible to receive these benefits, as well as the parents of minor children. Yet in order to realize the full value of a wrongful death claim, it is important to work with an experienced and knowledgeable trucking accident attorney.

Looking toward the future

In trucks and passenger cars alike, safety features are improving. With the advent of autonomous driving, experts across all sectors are predicting a sharp decrease in automobile accidents in years to come.

Yet trucking wrecks and similar incidents will never be wholly eradicated. As such, it's important for drivers and passengers alike to be cautious while on the road, and to know how to protect their rights and interests when a tragedy takes place.

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