Pulaski County Car Accident Statistics
The number of motor vehicle crashes across the country has increased significantly in recent years, and the number of crashes in Arkansas has risen recently as well. The Arkansas State Police’s Highway Safety Office reported 60,947 total crashes in 2014. The number marks a 4.3% increase from the total number of accidents that occurred in 2013. The Highway Safety Office also noted that there were 34 billion vehicle miles traveled in the state in 2014, which was an increase of more than a half a billion miles from numbers reported in 2013. With more miles driven typically leading to more accidents, our Little Rock car accident attorneys are ready to help those in need. Call us today for a free consultation with a lawyer if you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident in or near Pulaski County.Pulaski County Car Accident Statistics
Arkansas used to have sky-high injury accident figures, with 69,570 injury accidents occurring in 2006. Since then Arkansas has made significant progress, reducing the number of injury accidents to 49,905 in 2007, 36,749 in 2008, and as low as 26,375 in 2013. The rate of fatal accidents in the state has also declined in recent years. In 2014, the Highway Safety Office reported 436 fatal accidents, a 5.4% decrease from 2013.
Pulaski County, which includes Little Rock, Jacksonville, Sherwood, Maumelle, North Little Rock, and Wrightsville, has the highest population of any county in the state with 393,250 residents. The high number of residents may explain the high number of motor vehicle accidents that the county has seen in recent years. Pulaski County reported 13,425 total crashes in 2014, which amounted to 22% of all crashes in the State of Arkansas for that year. That figure is significantly greater than the county with the second most crashes, Washington County, where 5,773 accidents took place in 2014.
Pulaski County car accident statistics have also increased in recent years, as only 12,556 accidents were reported in 2013. Little Rock also had the highest number of alcohol/drug related crashes, fatalities, and injuries for 2014, with 9 fatalities and 212 injuries stemming from 144 injury accidents. The total number of accidents involving alcohol/drugs was 162, significantly higher than the city with the second highest number, Fort Smith, where 42 such crashes took place. It is troubling to see such a large number of drug and alcohol crashes. Arkansas has strict laws in place concerning driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI). If police catch someone driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0/08% or higher, that person may be cited and taken to jail. An injured victim, through the help of an experienced car accident attorney in the Little Rock area, can use that criminal conviction to establish negligence or recklessness in a civil suit for damages against the drunk driver.
In the Little Rock area, car accidents can occur anywhere – including interstates, highways, four-lane roads, parking lots, and private property. Pulaski County residents know some of the more dangerous streets and intersections include:
- Asher and University
- Shackleford and I-430
- I-630 and University
- Baseline and Chicot
- Cantrell and I-430
- Baseline and Geyer Springs
- West 65th and University
- West 12th and Park
- Mabelvale Pike and University
- West 12th and Fair Park
With the large number of dangerous roads in the Little Rock area, as shown by Pulaski County car accident statistics, it is no surprise that the county had the highest number of fatal crashes of any county in the state. In 2014, Pulaksi County stated 40 citizens died as a result of 39 fatal accidents, a number significantly higher than any other county in the state. Despite these high figures, 2014 was a better year than 2013, where 60 people died as a result of 51 fatal accidents. Losing a loved one in a crash is never easy, but our Little Rock attorneys can help guide surviving loved ones through the legal process. Strict statutory procedures must be complied with to assert a proper wrongful death case, including the applicable statute of limitation. We can help Little Rock residents abide by these statutory guidelines.Our Personal Injury Attorneys Are Available to Review Your Case Today
Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is a large regional personal injury law firm, with more than 30 attorneys and 120 support staff members. For over 25 years, we have represented clients injured in motor vehicle crashes throughout states like Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. We understand the stakes for injured motorists and pedestrians are high following a crash, which is why we are ready to get started immediately. For a free consultation with a lawyer, call 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. NST is the way to go.