From the media and often everyday experiences, it seems that driving has become even more perilous in the last few years than it was before. Is this true or is it all in our heads? Unfortunately, more and more people are injured or killed in car accidents on Arkansas roadways with every passing year.
Do Americans Really Care About Safety on the Roads?
Why have the roads become so unsafe in the last few years? The answer to that is somewhat complicated. However, part of the problem may lie in the fact that most drivers do not seem to understand that they, not just “other people,” are the problem out on the road. A National Safety Council (NSC) survey showed that 83 percent of drivers felt that driving was a safety concern. However, 47 replied that they could safely operate their vehicle while using manual or voice control texting. Similarly, 64 percent said that they were comfortable speeding, 13 percent said they were safe to drive while impaired by marijuana, and 10 percent said that they were safe to drive after having too much alcohol. Before our roads become any safer, drivers will have to take a lot more personal responsibility while behind the steering wheel. Common causes of crashes nationally and in and around Jonesboro include:
- Cutting others off;
- Failing to yield;
- Swerving or rapid lane changes;
- Running through stop signs or stop lights;
- Failing to use proper turn signals; and
- Driving without lights on at night.
These causes of crashes are most commonly the result of one or more of the following driving behaviors:
- Aggressive driving;
- Reckless driving;
- Careless driving (including cell phone use behind the wheel);
- Drunk driving;
- Drowsy driving.
Other Endeavors that Will Enhance Traffic Safety for all Road User Groups, According to NSC, Include
- Mandated ignition interlock systems for DUI drivers;
- Automated enforcement devices to catch speeding drivers;
- Laws that ban all cell phone use for all drivers;
- Create primary seatbelt enforcement laws, as opposed to seat belt laws that are secondary enforcement;
- Create a three-tiered driver’s license system;
- Standardize automotive safety technologies; and
- Reinstate motorcycle helmet laws; and
- Create a comprehensive program to enhance cyclist and pedestrian safety.
Arkansas House Wants to Increase the Speed Limit, Bill Passes Through to Senate
In a move that would undoubtedly make Arkansas roads even more dangerous, the House recently passed a bill, unanimously, that would direct the state Highway Commission to increase the speed limits of controlled-access highways from 70 miles per hour up to 75 mph. The speed limit for trucks would be increased from 65 to 75 miles per hour as well. Additionally, on roads that engineers determine that it is safe to do so, roads with maximum speed limits of 60 miles per hour would be increased to 65 miles per hour, according to U.S. News.
Contact an Attorney Today
If you or a loved one was the victim of aggressive, careless, or reckless driving on another’s behalf, we strongly urge you to call a lawyer at once to begin the legal process of compensation. Call the law offices of Wells & Wells in Jonesboro today at 870.782.4084.