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Arkansas’ Rural Roads Among the Most Dangerous in the Nation

When Arkansas residents think of unsafe roadways, one of the first things that comes to mind may be fast traffic on busy interstate systems. But a new study shows that the state’s rural roads are actually much more dangerous.

The study, conducted by an organization known as TRIP, found that rural roads in the state saw as many as three times more fatal Arkansas car accidents than other types of roadways.

So what’s the reason why rural roads in Arkansas are so dangerous? The consensus seems to be poor roadway conditions. A release from KASU News states that 23 percent of Arkansas’ rural roadways were in poor condition. This was the 10th highest rate of deficient roadways in the nation.

Experts say the only way to improve these numbers is to update the roads that connect cities with highways. However, this can be an extremely difficult project to fund due to a lack of appropriations.

So what can you do to stay safe on Arkansas’s rural roadways? The Little Rock personal injury attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton suggest:

  • Obeying the Speed Limit- Speed is one of the top three contributing factors to fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States today. Slowing down and obeying posted speed limits will significantly reduce your chances of an accident.
  • Staying Aware- Obstacles and turns can quickly pop up on rural roads, so eliminating distractions is crucial.
  • Buckling Up- Wearing a seat belt is one of the best ways to prevent death or injury in the event of an accident, so always remember to put on this vital piece of safety equipment.
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