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Texarkana Judge Dismisses Wrongful Death Lawsuit Arising from Fatal Funeral Procession Accident

LogoAn April 16, 2018, Car Accident Led To The Death Of A Man Who Was, Ironically, Participating In A Funeral Procession.

Self-Driving Cars Won't Prevent Arkansas Auto Accidents

LogoThough they were once only envisioned in the far-off future or science fiction, vehicles with various automated features are now common on roadways in Arkansas and throughout the US. A December 22, 2019 article from Forbes covered the current status in the auto industry and the advanced technologies that new car shoppers may want to look for in 2020, including artificial intelligence (AI). The author also laid out some of the benefits of self-driving cars, such as fewer traffic hassles, easier parking, and reduced instances of road rage.

Two Dead, One Injured in Fatal Truck Accident on Interstate 30 in Arkansas

LogoLittle Rock, AR NBC news affiliate KARK.com reported that the operator of an 18-wheeler truck crossed the dividing lines while driving eastbound along Interstate 30. The maneuver caused the semi to collide into a police car and a disabled vehicle that the officer had stopped to assist. The driver and passenger in the disabled passenger car were killed, while the police officer also suffered injuries.

Legal Options for Victim's Family After Arkansas Criminal Charges Dropped

LogoThe El Dorado News-Times covered the story in an article dated September 5, 2019, reporting on a development in the criminal case involving allegations of fleeing the scene. The special prosecutor announced that he was dropping the charges against the woman less than one month before the matter was scheduled for trial.

Punitive Damages May Be an Option in Arkansas DUI Crash

LogoThe Arkansas Democrat-Gazette covered the story in a September 6, 2019 article, stating that the three-vehicle collision occurred when the defendant failed to stop at a traffic signal. Most of those involved in the crash were treated for minor injuries, except for one victim who died from his injuries after being transported to Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville.

Arkansas "Flashing Red. Kids Ahead" Campaign Addresses School Bus Safety

LogoWith children throughout the state heading back to class within the next few weeks, the timing is right for the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to raise awareness about school bus safety. The "Flashing Red. Kids Ahead." campaign is a reminder of what the blinking lights mean for motorists sharing the road with buses. Yellow indicates that drivers should use caution around pedestrians, especially younger children and anyone using nearby crosswalks. Red lets them know to stop immediately until the bus removes the traffic signs and indicates drivers can proceed.

Wrongful Death Claim May Follow Auto Accident in Arkansas

LogoFox News covered the story, reporting that the incident occurred around 8:00 p.m. on June 26, 2019. Arkansas State Police Troopers investigating the crash said that one victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while the two injured individuals were transported to a local hospital for emergency care. The causes of the accident and the condition of the surviving victims were unknown. Even as the investigation continues, the deceased victim's surviving loved ones may already be considering their legal options.

Good Samaritan Dies in Arkansas Pedestrian Accident

LogoThe victim had parked on Interstate 55 and was walking along the shoulder to approach a semi truck that had crashed. According to the Arkansas State Police report, the truck had toppled onto its passenger side, prior to the pedestrian accident. The deceased was attempting to help the trapped driver out of the truck when he was hit by a passenger vehicle. His death adds to the list of more than 190 people who have died in traffic crashes in Arkansas so far in 2019.

I-40 Truck Accident Involving FedEx Tractor Trailer Brings Tragedy

LogoThe crash occurred before 9 am and involved a FedEx tractor trailer and one other large truck. As Arkansas State Police continue their investigation; FedEx issued a statement to loved ones of the victims. They also indicated the intent to fully cooperate with authorities.

Investigators Blame Speed for December 2018 Bus Crash

LogoArkansas State Police investigators say that the bus was going too fast on an Interstate 30 exit near Benton. The vehicle was unable to negotiate the curve, tumbled off the ramp, and overturned after it struck a ditch. That bus was carrying elementary school students from a football tournament back home to Tennessee. According to Arkansas Police Report #621218427 the crash killed one person and seriously injured forty-five other people.