Albert Anderson Dies, Trayson James Hurt in Pulaski County, AR, Accident
Pulaski County, AR -- January 21, 2017, Albert Anderson was killed, Trayson James hurt, after an accident where his vehicle and a Volvo crashed.
According to an Arkansas State Police report, the accident occurred just before 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of I-40W and East Valentine Road.
The report indicates that 44-year-old Anderson was driving westbound on the interstate in a 2004 Jeep. Along the shoulder of the highway was a 2014 Volvo car that was reportedly parked. As Anderson's vehicle approached the Volvo, the Jeep somehow came into the path of the parked vehicle and crashed into the back of the parked car.
As a result of the accident, Anderson suffered fatal injuries and was eventually pronounced dead. His passenger, 36-year-old James, was injured and taken to University of Arkansas Medical Center. His injuries were not specified. It's not clear if there was anyone in the Volvo at the time of the accident.
At this time, authorities have not released any additional details regarding the accident.
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Early reports of this particular accident have indicated that Mr. Anderson's vehicle veered onto the shoulder and crashed into the back of the parked car. This is certainly a possibility, but I wouldn't be surprised if further investigations contradicted this. Police reports are typically seen as the end-all-be-all of what happened in a crash, but the truth is they're often missing crucial information or simply wrong.
For example, we had a truck accident out of Louisiana where a woman's car crashed into the rear axle of an oncoming 18-wheeler. The official reports stated that her car crossed over the center line and hit the 18-wheeler. Upon further investigations, however, it turned out that the 18-wheeler took a curve too quickly, and the trailer fishtailed into the opposite traffic lane, leading to the accident.
Had a more thorough investigation not been done, the mistake that the initial investigation made might never have been corrected, and the woman's family might not have ever known the truth. This is why it's important to consider a private investigation after any kind of accident. Our firm has always used private investigators over police reports because they are experts with years of experience who know all of the different factors that can occur to cause a crash. It doesn't matter what the police report said; all of the evidence is examined from a neutral position, keeping in mind all possible factors.
After this is done, it might just turn out that police reports were correct. It may be that there was previously undiscovered evidence that changes the landscape of the accident. It could be that initial reports got facts mixed up. Whatever the case, a private investigation ensures that investigations are thorough and that nothing falls through the cracks. With all of the facts, victims and their families can either move forward with no doubts about what occurred or with the proper evidence to pursue the compensation they deserve.
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