A Bentonville man was struck by a vehicle and killed while walking in a crosswalk across Dixieland Road. The fatal pedestrian accident took place around 7:58 p.m on Monday, September 6, 2021. The victim was 35-year-old Billie Wix Russell.
According to a report from Arkansas State Police, Russell was walking westbound across Dixieland Road at the intersection with W. Olrich Street in Rogers when he was hit by a 2009 Audi.
Russel was transported to Mercy Medical Center of Rogers but he died from his injuries.
The report did not identify the driver of the 2009 Audi. At the time of the accident, the road condition was dry and the weather was clear.
Cases like these are not uncommon. According to the CDC, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2017 and an estimated 137,000 pedestrians had to go to the emergency room. In Arkansas, an estimated 25 pedestrians die every year in preventable accidents.
Pedestrians don’t have any protection from the impact of a collision. Even when accidents occur at low speeds, pedestrians can suffer serious and fatal injuries. Speeding and distracted driving often play a role in these accidents.
Arkansas has traffic laws in place to protect pedestrians from reckless or careless drivers. Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and wait for a walk sign to cross. If there is no traffic signal, drivers should yield to pedestrians.
Drivers who hit pedestrians rightfully using the crosswalk are negligent and can be held liable.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, our Arkansas car accident attorneys can help you recover compensation. We deal with insurance companies for you, and if needed, fight for you in court.
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