• February 17, 2017

Cheryl Chewning Dead, Justin Evans Hurt in Montgomery Co., AR, Accident

Montgomery County, AR -- February 13, 2017, Cheryl Chewning was killed, Justin Evans was injured, following a single-vehicle accident.

The Arkansas State Police was called to investigate the accident which occurred around 3:00 p.m. along State Highway 27.

According to preliminary investigations, 28-year-old Evans was driving a Chevy Blazer southbound on the highway. 30-year-old Chewning was riding as a passenger in the vehicle. Police have not elaborated on how the accident occurred, but they stated that the vehicle somehow lost control on a curve in the road. The car went off-road where it flipped over repeatedly.

Chewning suffered fatal injuries in the accident. Evans was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital in Hot Springs. His injuries were not specified.

At this time, no particular factors have been suggested as the cause of the accident. Weather at the time of the crash was clear and dry.

Investigations are ongoing.

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Right now, there are too few details surrounding the accident to say what caused the crash, and the last thing I want to do is speculate. For now, this accident brings up an area of personal injury and wrongful death law that many people don't know much about, and that's the rights that passengers have after a crash.

To put it simply, unless the passenger somehow directly caused the accident--which almost never happens--then they potentially have a claim against someone for their injuries. Here are some scenarios to better clarify how this works.

Let's say that an 18-wheeler and a car crash at an intersection. Investigations determine that the 18-wheeler driver ran a stop sign and caused an accident. An injured passenger from the car would have a claim against the truck driver in that case. Another scenario states the driver of the car ran the stop sign. In this case, the passenger could have a claim against their own driver for causing the crash. And even a scenario brake failure caused by a manufacturer defect was the cause of the accident, the passenger could file a claim against the manufacturer.

There are all sorts of things that can cause a crash, and many of them provide opportunity for passengers to pursue compensation. Conducting a thorough investigation will determine the exact cause of the accident, who was responsible, and from there a passenger or their family can decide the next course of action to take.

--Grossman Law Offices


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