Arkansas ranks among the most dangerous states in the nation.
Wallet Hub reports the nation's safest states are Vermont, Maine, Minnesota, Utah and New Hampshire. Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi were ranked most dangerous, followed by Arkansas at 45th in terms of safety.
To rank all 50 states, researchers used 48 safety metrics, including personal and residential safety, road safety, workplace safety and financial safety. Arkansas was hit hardest in the personal and residential safety category, where it ranked 49th. We barely made the top half for traffic safety, where we finished 23rd.
Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawsuits in Arkansas
Jonesboro car accident lawyers know the next few months will likely be among the deadliest on the roads this year. Arkansas State Police have announced several enforcement measures targeting drunk drivers and other violators, including DUI enforcement blitzes from the weeks following Fourth of July to Labor Day weekend.
Speeding, aggressive driving and distracted driving are other primary causes of traffic collisions. Rather than being "accidents," most of these crashes are the consequences of driver negligence. At fault motorists can be made to compensate injury victims for losses, including lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. Passengers in an at-fault motorist's vehicle may also be entitled to pursue compensation. In some cases, plaintiffs may even collect damages if they are partially responsible for accidents.
Arkansas Code § 16-64-122 establishes Comparative fault in Arkansas, and allows plaintiffs to collect damages from defendants, provided the plaintiff is less at fault.
Injury Torts and Arkansas Negligence Laws
A plaintiff's negligence case must prove 5 elements: The defendant owed a duty, breached the duty, that breach caused injury, that injury would not have otherwise occurred, and that plaintiff suffered damages. Other elements of building a successfully injury case include identifying responsible parties (both defendants and insurance companies) and developing a complete financial accounting of present and future costs of injury.
Different types of injuries are affected by different aspects of Arkansas law. For instance, your Jonesboro injury lawyer may look to premises liability laws, including claims of negligent security, in determining liability for injury suffered by crime victims. These claims will most often be viable when a school, church, daycare, landlord or other insured corporate entity can be identified as a responsible party.
If you or a loved was injured in an accident, contact McDaniel Law Firm, PLC and find out how we can help you.