Dennis Stone, Kaylam Diggs Dead, Nicholas Key Hurt in Blytheville, AR, Accident
Blytheville, AR -- January 14, 2017, Dennis Stone and Kaylam Diggs were killed, Nicholas Key injured, following a head-on car accident.
According to a report released by the Arkansas State Police, the incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. on Highway 61, just south of the Mississippi border.
The preliminary accident report states that 47-year-old Stone was driving a Honda northbound on the highway. In the opposite direction, 26-year-old Diggs and his passengers, 25-year-old Key, were traveling in a Dodge going southbound. As the two vehicles approached each other, the report claims that the Honda crossed over the center line. As a result, the two vehicles crashed head-on.
As a result of the collision, both Stone and Diggs sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Key was transported to The Med in Memphis, TN.
Authorities have not indicate what factors contributed to this accident. Their investigations are ongoing.
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Whenever I see these early accident reports, I can't help but be bothered by the lack of information. In this particular crash, the description simply states, "V1 [Stone] crossed the center line hitting V2 [Diggs] head-on." This is hardly a comprehensive account of what occurred in the accident, and it offers no potential factors for why it occurred. Now, I ca understand this. Going in-depth on these reports would take up a lot of room, and also these reports are typically filed very soon after the accident, often before all of the details have come to light.
Despite this, many people look at these accident reports as the end-all-be-all on who was at fault for the accident. The truth is that these reports alone are not enough to convince insurance companies to take accountability for the accident. They know, just like any experienced professional in this field, that preliminary police reports often make mistakes and overlook crucial details. Due to this, they are not convincing evidence for determining liability.
Whenever an accident occurs, one of the best steps one can take is to consider a 3rd Party Investigator. These are independent professionals outside of the police who have years of experience investigating car accidents. They know that there is a wide variety of possible factors that could be involved in the crash, and so nothing goes unchecked. Even if a factor seems unlikely or insignificant, it gets considered fully. Sometimes, investigators uncover previously unseen information. Sometimes they find that the police actually got details mixed up, and someone else is at fault than they originally thought. And sometimes they find that police investigators did a solid job and confirm the original report. Whatever the case, an independent investigation ensures that all details come to light.
Like I said, insurance companies are not convinced by police reports because they know how unreliable they are. By having a #rd party investigator look at the accident, victims and their families can ensure that all necessary information is brought forth and collected. This way, those affected by the car accident can take the next steps forward. Whether those steps are seeking compensation or simply knowing the truth about what occurred, only with the complete picture can people move toward a resolution.
--Grossman Law Offices