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

Published on Feb 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm in Little Rock 911.

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 here for a link to the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision.

Click here for a link to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s coverage of the decision.

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

Published on Jan 31, 2017 at 5:18 pm in Distracted Driving.

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 article.

McMath Woods Attorney Argues 911 Death Case Before Arkansas Supreme Court

Published on Jan 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm in Uncategorized.

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.

Here’s a link to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s coverage of the oral argument.

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

Published on Jan 7, 2017 at 12:11 am in Consumer Awareness.

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 and Lindsey are an engaged couple hoping to start their marriage in McCrory, where they can be near Lindsey’s job and close to their families. Their home meets all reasonable health standards and complies with all other regulations. Their trailer is parked on property with all the required hook-ups and is set back from the road. Since the only criterion preventing David and Lindsey from living in the city is the value of their home, McCrory is operating a wealth-based banishment scheme.

Equal Justice Under Law filed the complaint in partnership with McMath Woods P.A. attorney John D. Coulter.  Executive Director of Equal Justice Under Law Phil Telfeyan says, “McCrory’s attempt to banish its most impoverished residences is unconscionable discrimination. David and Lindsey own their trailer, pay rent on their property, and are being forced out of their home simply because McCrory considers them undesirable. McCrory should invest in its residents rather than criminalizing poverty.”

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

Published on Dec 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm in Distracted Driving.

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 of motor vehicle traffic fatalities involving alcohol affected crashes.

Don’t drive distracted this holiday season.

Here’s a link to the NHTSA’s driving fatality statistics for 2015.

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Announces Proposed Rulemaking on Vehicle to Vehicle Communication

Published on Dec 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm in Consumer Awareness.

On December 13, 2016, the NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication. Using V2V technology, vehicles of all kind will one day be able to communicate important safety and mobility information to one another to help save lives, prevent injuries, ease traffic congestion, and improve the environment.

Here’s a link to the V2V Notice of Proposed Rulemaking press release.

 

 

Arkansas Drunk Driving Facts

Published on Oct 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm in Drunk Driving.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts out a drunk driving fact sheet for each state.  Here’s a link to the Arkansas fact sheet, which was last updated in December 2014.

From 2003 to 2012, 1,769 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Arkansas.  In 2012, the rate of death for people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Arkansas (5.1 deaths per 100,000) exceeded the national average (3.3 deaths per 100,000).

Keep Arkansas safe.  Keep drunk drivers off the road.

Four McMath Woods Partners Chosen By Peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2016

Published on Sep 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm in Employment Law, Environmental Attorney, Environmental Law, Environmental Lawyer, Labor Lawyer, Personal Injury, Personal Injury Attorney, Personal Injury Lawyer, Uncategorized.

Four McMath Woods P.A. partners were selected for inclusion by their peers in the Best Lawyers in America in 2016. Bruce McMath was selected for inclusion in the category of Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs. Bruce has been selected since 1995-96. Will Bond was also selected for inclusion in the category of Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs. Will was first included in 2015. Sam Ledbetter was selected for inclusion in the categories of Environmental Litigation and Environmental Law. Sam has been included in the publication since 2001-2002. The big winner this year was new partner John Coulter. John was selected in three categories by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America. Those categories are Employment Law- Individuals, Employment Law-Management, and Labor and Employment Law -Litigation.  John was named Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in the category of Labor and Employment Law Litigation.  John has been selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2010-2011.

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