Making Safety a Priority on the Road This Summer
Summer has officially arrived in Arkansas, and for many of our state’s residents, it’s time to travel for vacations and holidays. The Arkansas car accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to remind travelers that driving can be dangerous, and we would like to discuss two of the most prominent hazards drivers can expect this summer—distractions and work zones.
Estimates show as many as 500 people die on Arkansas roadways each year. Many of those fatalities involve motorists who weren’t paying attention to the road.
One of the most common distractions among drivers today is cellphones. As many as 60 percent of drivers admit to using a cellphone behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, and distraction is listed as a factor in as many as one-third of fatal accidents.
Arkansas has laws in place that prevent all motorists from using electronic devices to send, receive, or read text messages and emails while driving. Furthermore, we have regulations that prohibit young, inexperienced drivers from talking on cellphones while behind the wheel. Officers and Troopers from around the state have began to vigorously enforce distracted driving laws as well.
According to an article from the Magnolia Reporter, officials are also urging drivers to be aware of the hazards driving through a construction zone can pose. Laws prohibit drivers from using cellphones when traveling through work zones as a means of reducing accidents. Drivers are also required to move over a lane when passing stopped emergency and authorized vehicles.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Arkansas personal injury lawyers urge you to keep safety in mind when on the road. That means obeying the speed limit, driving defensively, and always buckling up.