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Bill to Increase Fines for Texting and Driving Approved by Arkansas House of Representatives

On Tuesday, the Arkansas House of Representatives approved Arkansas Senate Bill 374 which increases fines for texting and driving.  The bill now moves to Governor Asa Hutchinson for his approval. McMath Woods partner Senator Will Bond is the Senate sponsor of this proposal.

Traffic Fatalities Increase Following Daylight Savings Time

Researchers have concluded that sleep deprivation on the Monday following the shift to daylight savings time in the spring results in an increase in fatal car crashes.  Here’s a link to the researchers’ abstract. McMath Woods encourages all motorists to remember the three D’s of deadly driving:  drunk, distracted, and drowsy.

Traffic Fatalities on the Rise in U.S., Arkansas, in part, because of Distracted Driving

Yesterday, the National Safety Council estimated that as many as 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016.  This estimate represents a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014. What’s causing the significant increase in fatalities?  People are driving more miles and more people are driving distracted. Arkansas State Police report a Read More

Arkansas Supreme Court Rules City Of Little Rock Not Immune In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Last Thursday, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the City of Little Rock was not immune in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Dayong Yang, on behalf of his late son, Le Yang, who died after a botched 911 response. McMath Woods attorneys Bruce McMath, Charles Harrison, and Carter Stein proudly represent Dayong Yang. Click Read More

State Senator Will Bond Files Two Distracted Driving Bills in Arkansas Legislature

State Senator Will Bond, a McMath Woods attorney, filed two bills last week aimed at curbing texting and driving.  Senator Bond stated: “We need to get folks’ attention and eyes back on the road.” The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette covered the filing of the bills in an article published Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Click here to read the Read More

McMath Woods Attorney Argues 911 Death Case Before Arkansas Supreme Court

Yesterday, McMath Woods attorney Carter Stein participated in oral argument before the Arkansas Supreme Court on behalf of Dayong Yang, as special administrator of the estate of Le Yang, deceased.  Mr. Yang sued the City of Little Rock and MEMS for the drowning death of his son following a delayed 911 response and water rescue. Read More

Equal Justice Under Law and McMath Woods Attorney John D. Coulter File Lawsuit Over Unconstitutional Mobile Home Ordinance

McCrory residents David Waltington and Lindsey Holloway reside in a trailer that is worth approximately $1,500. Living below the national poverty line, they cannot afford a more expensive home. McCrory Police Chief, Defendant Paul Hatch, has ordered them to leave the county, banishing them because their mobile home is valued at less than $7,500. David Read More

Friends of Little Sugar Creek File Lawsuit Regarding Dam Reconstruction on Lake Bella Vista

Last week, Friends of Little Sugar Creek, represented by McMath Woods’ attorney Sam Ledbetter, filed a lawsuit seeking to halt reconstruction of a dam on Lake Bella Vista.  Here’s a link to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s coverage of the lawsuit.

Distraction Related Driving Fatalities Increased by 8.8% from 2014 to 2015

From 2014 to 2015, there was a 7.2% increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities.  The 7.2% increase is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. From 2014 to 2015, there was an 8.8% increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities involving distraction affected crashes.  The 8.8% increase is nearly three times the rate of increase Read More