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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

Breakdown on I-40 leads to fatal motor vehicle accident

Keeping vehicles maintained is one of the duties of those here in Arkansas and elsewhere who own them. Obviously, an individual is not required to do the mechanical work, but ensuring that the vehicle is in good working order is the owner and/or driver's responsibility. Breaking down on a highway is courting danger and could cause a fatal motor vehicle accident.

Troopers with the Arkansas State Police were recently called to the scene of an accident that occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered that three vehicles were involved -- one passenger vehicle and two 18-wheelers. The 47-year-old driver and 49-year-old passenger were deceased due to the injuries they each suffered in the impact.

Juvenile deemed at fault in car vs. motorcycle accident

Anyone here in Arkansas who has been driving for a number of years knows that experience often plays a major role in whether an individual will potentially be involved in an accident. It is not enough to know the rules of the road; putting them into practice and understanding the physics of driving takes years. For example, it would not be much of a stretch to assume that a lack of experience played a role in a recent car vs. motorcycle accident in which police at the scene deemed a juvenile to be at fault.

The juvenile was headed east on the road on which the accident occurred. At the same time, the 41-year-old man riding the motorcycle was headed toward him from the opposite direction. As the two vehicles approached each other, the eastbound vehicle began making a left turn, but the driver had not given the motorcycle enough time to pass. The front passenger side of the juvenile's vehicle hit the motorcycle.

Mechanical issues can cause life-ending or life-altering injuries

Regardless of the type of vehicle they are driving or riding, Arkansas residents expect that it is in good working order. They do not expect mechanical issues to occur -- especially while the vehicle is in motion. Many people each year suffer life-ending or life-altering injuries when the vehicles they are in break down on the roadways.

Two individuals, a driver and a passenger, were out riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on a recent Saturday. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the rear left wheel suddenly flew off the ATV, which was manufactured by Polaris. The vehicle then careened out of control.

Distracted driving has become a dangerous issue on roadways

Occasionally, news stories disclose how another state passed (like Arkansas) or is considering passing a law against texting and driving. This is because distracted driving has become a pervasive and dangerous issue on roadways across the country. Many people believe that texting has contributed to the dramatic rise in accidents resulting from a driver whose attention is somehow diverted. Some studies suggest that it is surpassing drunk driving as the most preventable cause of serious and deadly crashes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 1,161 people suffer injuries and eight deaths occur each day in the United States due to motorists who are distracted behind the wheel. Readers might think that a distracted driver is one who takes his or her eyes off the road or hands off the wheel. That is true, but when some other cognitive activity replaces an individual's concentration on the road, that also constitutes distraction.

Investigation indicates drunk driving caused wrong-way crash

Arkansas readers may remember a horrific crash that took place on Interstate 40 on Dec. 30, 2015. A woman was killed when the vehicle she occupied was struck by a vehicle heading the wrong way on the Interstate ("Motor vehicle accident on I-40 kills Arkansas woman," Jan. 5, 2016). Recently, an arrest warrant was issued for the woman who was driving that wrong-way vehicle because the evidence indicates that drunk driving was a significant factor in the crash.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the accused woman was on the eastbound side of the roadway, traveling westbound. Inevitably, she came upon another vehicle and slammed head-on into it. The woman in the that vehicle died as a result of her injuries.

Road conditions can be a contributing factor in a car accident

Experienced drivers in Arkansas know that they have to adjust their driving habits according to a variety of factors such as weather, traffic patterns and construction, among other things. However, drivers who are inexperienced or overconfident might not exhibit the appropriate level of appreciation for the danger that the prevailing road conditions present. It is then that the potential for a serious or deadly car accident increases dramatically.

For example, troopers with the Arkansas State Police reported that the roadway was wet on a recent Sunday morning when they responded to a single vehicle crash. Upon arrival, it was discovered that three men occupied the vehicle. The 19-year-old driver had lost control of it, and the vehicle left the roadway and slammed into a tree.

Failing to obey a stop sign can cause a serious car accident

Traffic signals such as stop signs are posted at intersections in order to control the flow of traffic. If a driver fails to obey a stop sign or other traffic control signal, the result could be a serious car accident. This recently happened at the intersection of Arkansas 108 and Arkansas 234.

Initial reports from the Arkansas State Police indicate that two vehicles, one heading south on Arkansas 234 and the other traveling east on Arkansas 108, were traveling toward each other. The eastbound vehicle had a trailer attached to it. As it passed through the intersection, the driver of the southbound vehicle failed to obey the stop sign and slammed into the trailer.

Car accident on Arkansas 102 kills 2, injures 4 others

Recently, troopers with the Arkansas State Police were called to the scene of a crash on Arkansas Highway 102. When they arrived, they found two vehicles had collided. The car accident killed two and injured four others.

The initial reports taken regarding the crash indicate that the two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on the highway. One of the vehicles veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and slammed into the other vehicle. The 38-year-old driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line was the only occupant of that vehicle.

Cause of deadly motorcycle accident remains a mystery

Witnesses often provide invaluable information when it comes to investigating an accident. However, even with their statements, determining the factors that led to a crash might remain a mystery. This could be the case in a recent motorcycle accident that took place on Arkansas State Highway 72 in which both the driver and his passenger ultimately lost their lives.

The pair was headed east on the highway on Saturday, Feb. 20 around the middle of the day. For some still unknown reason, the motorcycle went off the road. Witnesses reported that they could not see any reason why -- especially since no other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Passenger suffers life-altering injuries in T-bone collision

Depending on what part of a vehicle is hit in an accident, one person in it can walk away with only minor injuries while another occupant can be seriously injured or even die. For Arkansas residents who survive and suffer life-altering injuries, life may never be the same. In addition to the fact that their medical needs could skyrocket, nearly every aspect of their lives could require a change.

For example, at approximately 8:45 p.m. on a recent Saturday night, two vehicles approached the intersection of Arkansas 10 and U.S. Highway 71. One vehicle was in the intersection when the other slammed into it on the passenger side. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries for which he was transported to an area hospital.

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