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At the Odom Law Firm, our Northwest Arkansas personal injury lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience representing area residents injured in accidents. From our Fayetteville law offices, established in 1982, we serve clients across the country. Whether you have been catastrophically injured in a truck accident or as a result of a defective product, we can help you hold the responsible party accountable and recover the compensation you deserve.

Fayetteville Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Did you suffer life-altering injuries in a car accident?

Each year, numerous accidents occur on Arkansas roads. In the chaos that follows in the first hours, and even days, after a car accident involving serious injuries, the only thing that the victims may be thinking about is whether they will recover. Unfortunately, many people suffer life-altering injuries due to the negligence of other drivers.

Neck and back injuries are common in motor vehicle crashes. However, when they are severe, they can cause paralysis or quadriplegia. These conditions can make everyday activities impossible for you. You may need medical and other assistance for the rest of your life. Depending on your circumstances, you may never be able to return to work and your family life may never be the same.

A trucker's aggressive driving can lead to a truck accident

Arkansas' laws against aggressive and reckless driving exist to keep people from being injured. These laws apply to truck drivers just as much as they do to any other driver. In some cases, these laws may be even more important for truckers since the potential devastation from a truck accident is often worse due to the size and weight of 18-wheelers.

When drivers are aggressive, they often take chances that they would not ordinarily. For instance, they may pass on a two-lane road when it is not safe, which puts any vehicles in the opposing lane of travel in jeopardy. Truckers may also drive at unsafe speeds, change lanes without ensuring it is clear to do so and take turns too fast. All of these behaviors put everyone on Arkansas' roads in danger.

NTSB to investigate motor vehicle accident in Arkansas

The National Transportion Safety Board is often called in to investigate serious accidents involving commercial carriers. Recently, NTSB investigators were contacted to conduct an inquiry into a motor vehicle accident involving a bus that occurred on Interstate 40 here in Arkansas. At least six people were injured and another six lost their lives in that crash.

Preliminary reports from the Arkansas State Police indicate that the bus was transporting 19 seasonal workers. As it headed west on I-40 at approximately 1 a.m., the bus veered off the highway and slammed into an overpass, shearing off the roof. Three of the six people who died were thrown out of the bus. One of them was partially ejected. The six people who were injured were taken to hospitals in the area, treated and released.

2 teens killed in car accident in small Arkansas community

Small communities are often like a large family. When a tragedy occurs, these communities typically band together to take care of their own. After a recent car accident that took the lives of two teenage passengers and injured the other four vehicle occupants, including the driver, in one Arkansas community, many of the residents are grieving right along with the victims' families.

School was cancelled in the entire community after news of the tragedy spread. At approximately 10:30 p.m. the Monday night before, six teenagers were traveling along a road known by local residents for speeding. It is not yet known whether the driver was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle carrying the teens. What is known is that the car crashed into a tree.

Woman sues for life-altering injuries after school bus hit her

Here in Arkansas, anyone injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another party or parties has three years in which to file a personal injury claim. Often, this deadline begins from the date of the accident, but there are exceptions. One woman who suffered life-altering injuries in 2012 filed a personal injury claim shortly before the three-year deadline against a school district's insurance company.

The accident occurred in the fall of 2012. She was crossing the street when a school bus struck her. According to court documents, she had the right-of-way in the intersection, and all other traffic had stopped to let her cross. She alleges that the school bus driver was looking in the rear view mirror and talking to a student as she approached the intersection.

Family members of motor vehicle accident victims look for answers

Losing a loved one under any circumstances can be difficult. When that loved one dies unexpectedly due to the negligence of another in a motor vehicle accident, the shock may only add to the grief an Arkansas family is feeling. In addition, a victim's family is often forced bear the financial burdens associated the loss of its loved one. Perhaps most importantly, however, is the need to understand what factors led to the victim's death.

Under these circumstances, what many Arkansas families need is a compassionate yet experienced attorney to help them get the answers and the financial restitution they need in order to move forward with their lives. Important evidence in car accidents can disappear quickly due to weather conditions and the fact that many vehicles may use the roadway on a daily basis. Therefore, if your loved one died in an accident in which it is believed that someone else was at fault, it is important to get an attorney involved so that evidence can be gathered before it disappears.

Motor vehicle accident kills passenger, driver injured

Arkansas drivers owe a duty to their passengers to keep them safe. When drivers breach this duty, their passengers can pay the price. If the motor vehicle accident is serious enough, passengers may pay for their misplaced trust with their lives, and their families are left behind to mourn their loss.

A preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police suggests that a driver betrayed his passenger's trust in a recent single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 1:17 a.m. The vehicle, which was driven by a 19-year-old, was heading north on Arkansas 1 when it drifted off the road. The driver then lost control as he attempted to get the car back on the road.

Attempt to avoid a collision leads to fatal car accident

As Arkansas drivers travel throughout the state, numerous obstacles -- such as car accidents -- can appear along the roadway. In an attempt to avoid becoming part of one accident, a driver can inadvertently cause another car accident. In some cases, the second accident can be more catastrophic than the one the driver was trying to avoid.

This may have been the case in a recent accident on Highway 270. Preliminary reports from the Arkansas State Police indicate that two eastbound vehicles came upon a crash in their lane. One of the vehicles swerved into the westbound lane in an attempt to avoid the wreckage. Unfortunately, there was a vehicle in the westbound lane, and the eastbound vehicle collided head-on with it. The other vehicle -- which was behind the first -- then crashed into the back of the first vehicle.

Bus vs. car accident ends in tragedy with death of passenger

The school year is in full swing, and school buses seem to be everywhere. Many Arkansas drivers take extra care when they encounter school buses on the roadways -- not only because they are bound by the law to do so, but also because there are children aboard. However, other drivers fail to live up to this duty of care, which sometimes leads to a bus vs. car accident.

Recently, a tragedy involving a school bus and an SUV occurred on Highway 412. The SUV crashed into the back of a school bus full of children as the two vehicles headed east. The SUV ended up underneath the bus.

Will fatal car accident be blamed on police pursuit?

Law enforcement agencies have strict policies and procedures regarding pursuits. The policy in Arkansas' state capitol regarding police chases will most likely be at the center of the investigation into the death of one pedestrian and the injuries suffered by another. This deadly pedestrian vs. car accident occurred during the pursuit of a suspect accused of stealing the vehicle involved in the crash.

Reports indicate that the pursuit continued even after the suspect vehicle entered a residential area. The two victims were on a sidewalk when the driver of that vehicle lost control. It then struck the two women. One of the two women, age 39, died due to the injuries she suffered in the accident. The woman who was with her survived and, at last report, was in stable condition at a hospital in the area.

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