• May 19, 2017

Jennifer Parnell Killed in Bodcaw, AR, Car Accident

Bodcaw, AR -- May 18, 2017, Jennifer Parnell was killed as the result of an accident where her vehicle crashed off the side of the road.

According to information given by the Arkansas State Police Department, the accident took place just before 7:30 a.m. along State Highway 53.

Investigators reported that 41-year-old Parnell was driving along southbound Highway 53 in a 2004 Mazda 3. As she did so, and for reasons not yet clear, the vehicle lost control and veered off the side of the highway. The vehicle traveled for some distance before eventually crashing into a tree and coming to a stop.

Due to the severity of the collision, Parnell succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene of the accident. No one else was reportedly involved.

The exact cause of the accident has not yet been determined. Investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

One thing that bothers me about reading single-vehicle accident reports is that I often see people immediately jumping to blame the driver. You'll come across comments saying they were probably speeding or drunk or texting, etc. It's just ridiculous how many people jump to conclusions without having any evidence whatsoever to support their claims. Instead of seeing this accident for the tragedy it is, people want to fill in missing pieces of information with their own assumptions. Not only is this insensitive to those affected by the accident, it can also be directly harmful.

What these people don't consider is that there are many factors which can cause an accident like this to happen, and several of them can take a driver by surprise. Tire blowouts, mechanical failures, hazardous debris in the roadway--these are things which are difficult and sometimes impossible to foresee. The issue here is that many of these factors are often difficult to detect during investigations without the proper experience or tools to uncover them. Police investigators don't usually have the resources necessary to bringing these factors to light, so they typically only arise when victims and their families get the aid of a private investigator who knows to look for these sorts of details.

Now, am I saying something like this caused this particular accident? Not at all--I simply don't have enough details to determine one way or the other. The fact of the matter is since I don't have the facts surrounding the accident, I can't draw any reasonable conclusions about what caused it. Is it common for driver error to cause a single-vehicle accident? Yes, but just because a factor is common doesn't mean it's correct.

Any accident where someone is hurt or killed deserves the utmost care and attention in determining exactly what happened. It isn't enough to simply apply a common answer to the scenario and move on. Victims and their families deserve a thorough investigation to help uncover all of the facts. It may not lead to any sort of compensation, but at the very least it can provide a sense of closure during an otherwise difficult time.

--Grossman Law Offices

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