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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.

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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.

Did distracted driving lead to motorcyclists death?

It does not take much of a distraction for things to go wrong while driving. Even if an Arkansas driver only takes his or her eyes off the road for a couple of seconds, it can lead to a catastrophe. A number of car accident deaths each year are attributed to distracted driving.

Whether the driver of a car recently involved in a deadly motorcycle accident was distracted remains to be seen. What police have reported so far is that the motorcycle was heading north when a car pulled out of it. The rider, who is from southeast Arkansas, did not have time to avoid a collision with the driver's door of the car.

Police find suspect vehicle in hit-and-run motor vehicle accident

Time is of the essence when police are searching for the vehicle believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run, as well as the person who was driving it. The faster police identify the driver in a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident, the more likely evidence cannot be destroyed. It is fortuitous that police in Arkansas' capital found a vehicle suspected in the death of a pedestrian, along with a person of interest.

Police reports indicated that the suspect vehicle, a white van with green lettering on it, went up onto the sidewalk in order to bypass a traffic light at an intersection. The van hit the pedestrian and dragged him somewhere between 100 and 150 feet before the victim was mercifully let go. Emergency medical personnel rushed the man to a hospital in the area.

Arkansas residents can suffer severe injuries in truck crashes

Truck drivers are required to keep their vehicles and themselves in good working condition in order to ensure their safety and the safety of everyone else sharing the roads with them. Many truck drivers, however, are unable to control the schedules that they are expected to keep in order to deliver their loads on time. This can cause some truckers to push the boundaries of safety and become aggressive drivers, which can lead to innocent Arkansas residents suffering from severe injuries in a truck accident.

Nearly everyone who has spent any time on the highway has been passed by a speeding 18-wheeler. Unfortunately, due to their sheer size and weight, those trucks are not able to stop on a dime and could slam into one, or more, vehicles. In addition, if a speeding trucker takes a curve wrong, the trailer could tip over and crush other vehicles.

Pedestrian killed in Arkansas DUI accident

Most Arkansas drivers who are arrested for driving under the influence recognize their mistake and make sure they never drive drunk again. Some people, however, continue to get behind the wheel after drinking despite prior charges. Eventually, those people's luck may run out, and they cause a DUI accident that kills or seriously injures innocent people.

Police in one Arkansas city recently responded to a pedestrian vs. car accident where they found the victim barely alive. Despite the efforts of medical personnel, he failed to survive his injuries. The driver of the car smelled of alcohol and told police that earlier he consumed a couple of beers.

Technology has increased the number of distracted driving crashes

As long as there have been automobiles, there have been distracted drivers responsible for numerous accidents. Those numbers began to increase with the advent of new technology, including cell phones and other hand-held devices. Now, distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents here in Arkansas and around the country.

Cell phones and tablets allow people to check their emails, watch television and browse the Internet. In addition, texting has taken the place of many phone conversations. Undoubtedly, there are advantages to these technologies, but they can just as easily spell disaster if used while driving.

Did a wet roadway contribute to a fatal car accident?

The weather can have a significant effect on the state's roadways. Many of the car accident deaths and injuries that occur each year are the result of weather-related crashes. If Arkansas residents fail to adjust their driving to accommodate the changes in the road brought on by rain, snow or other adverse weather events, the consequences could be disastrous.

Recently, a 36-year-old driver traveling south on the highway lost control of his vehicle, crossed through the center turn lane and crashed into another vehicle in the oncoming lane at approximately 2:37 a.m. on a recent Wednesday. Preliminary reports noted that the roadway was wet at the time of the crash. Investigators with the Arkansas State Police have yet to confirm whether the condition of the highway contributed to the crash.

More details regarding deadly car accident released

In the aftermath of an accident, officials do not always release all of the pertinent details. For example, the Arkansas State Police initially only reported that one person died and no one else was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on the last Sunday in July. A couple of days later, however, it was reported that three other people suffered injuries in the deadly car accident.

As per usual, on the day of the accident, troopers with the Arkansas State Police conducted a preliminary investigation. It was determined that a 15-year-old boy was driving a vehicle westbound on AR Highway 14. For some reason, the vehicle veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided with an SUV in the eastbound lane.

3 men dead after single motor vehicle accident

Certain factors are considered during crash investigations, including the weather, possible driver impairment and distraction. Figuring out which one or more of these factors led to a particular motor vehicle accident can become more complicated when all of the occupants fail to survive. In some cases, Arkansas police may never discover the key factor that initiated the crash.

Sometime after 8 p.m. on a Saturday, the Arkansas State Police received a call that a crash occurred at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 355 and U.S. Highway 278. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered that only a single vehicle was involved. The evidence at the scene suggests that the driver somehow failed to maintain control of the vehicle.

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