After we get in our vehicles and drive to our destinations, we hope we make it back home in one piece. Sometimes, getting in a car accident isn’t even on our radar. However, car accidents are such a common occurrence and happen every day–even fatalities resulting from those car accidents.
Whether the cause of that car accident is a driver’s negligence or road conditions, we hope to never be in that situation. Realizing this fact can be intimidating, so we’ve gathered data from the past 5 years to help you remain cautious of how and where you drive in Arkansas.
An Overview of the Fatalities from 2013-2017
Between 2013 and 2017, there were over 2,500 auto accident fatalities. Check out the annual breakdown of these car accidents:
- 2013: 486
- 2014: 458
- 2015: 518
- 2016: 539
- 2017: 485
Although there is no real pattern (other than the spike of auto fatalities in 2015 and 2016), you may notice from the infographic that driver fatalities are the most common. Pedestrian fatalities remain relatively low, averaging at 47 fatalities over the 5-year span.
Drive Cautiously in These Places
While avoiding a car accident is not completely possible (even with driving the speed limit and being aware because someone else could not be paying attention), hopefully we can help you remain watchful when driving along these highways and in these counties.
Highways with the Most Accidents
I-40 remains the highway in Arkansas with the most traffic fatalities (136).
Exercise Caution in these Counties
The following counties in Arkansas have the most traffic fatalities:
- Pulaski: 204
- Garland: 109
- Washington: 109
- Benton: 99
- Craighead: 76
Also, be wary of Monroe County, which has 33.87 traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents.
The following counties in Arkansas have the fewest traffic fatalities, but it is still a good measure to drive safely and pay attention to the drivers around you.
- Calhoun: 7
- Izard: 7
- Lafayette: 7
- Bradley: 8
- Newton: 8
These counties all have populations under 20,000, which could be a reason why there were so few traffic fatalities.
Cities with the Most Traffic Fatalities
Our final piece of data shows the cities in Arkansas with the most traffic fatalities throughout the past 5 years. Hot Springs takes the lead at 53 fatalities, while Jonesboro and Little Rock have the least–44.
Protecting Yourself First
While you have to drive for everyone else on the road, you also must drive for yourself and remain attentive. It’s no secret that the most common causes of fatal car crashes are drunk driving, speeding, and driving distractedly, which is why when we drive, we have to drive smart and obey the laws put in place to protect us.
Even when we are cautious, sometimes the other driver isn’t. If you were injured in a car accident in Arkansas, or have a loved one who lost their lives in a car crash, you don’t have to go through the claim process alone. Speak to one of our experienced, dedicated attorneys at The Law Office of Alan LeVar for a free case evaluation.