Mandi Chaney Killed, Roland Severs Hurt in Carroll Co, AR, Accident
Carroll County, AR -- January 4, 2017, Mandi Chaney was killed, Roland Severs injured, due to an accident where her pickup and an 18-wheeler crashed.
According to a report released by the Arkansas State Police, the two-vehicle accident occurred just after 6:00 a.m. near the town of Rudd.
50-year-old Chaney was traveling southbound in a Chevy pickup with no other passengers. As she traveled, a northbound Mack 18-wheeler was heading toward her. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the two vehicles crossed paths, and they hit each other head-on.
Chaney was ejected in the accident and sustained fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler, 59-year-old Severs, was transported to Mercy Hospital in Berryville. His condition was not specified.
Authorities have not suggested what factors were involved in the accident. They say investigations are ongoing.
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The police report on this accident seems to indicate that Ms. Chaney crossed over the center line. I will say that this definitely happens quite often, and it truly is unfortunate. However, it's important for people to realize that these preliminary reports are not always accurate and they aren't always complete. Sometimes, details can be missing or they can just be plain wrong.
Our firm looked at an accident recently in Louisiana where all of the news reports agreed that a driver crossed over the center line and went underneath the rear axle of the trailer. However, upon further investigations, it was revealed that the 18-wheeler was speeding, and the rear of the trailer swung out a few feet into opposing traffic lanes. As a result, the driver didn't have enough time to avoid the accident, and they crashed.
Why did reports initially seem so sure about the driver crossing over? Who knows. Sometimes reporters simply assume what happened, sometimes trucking companies twist the investigations into their favor, and sometimes it's just a simple mistake. However it occurs, it occurs a lot more often than most people are aware of. Due to this, it's crucial to ensure that an independent investigation is conducted and that all of the information surrounding the accident is thoroughly examined.
It's not enough to take common answers and incomplete investigations with which to make decisions. Only once the full picture comes to light can conclusions be drawn.
--Grossman Law Offices