• May 23, 2017

Lisa Patterson Killed in Sharp County, AR, Rollover Accident

Sharp County, AR -- May 22, 2017, Lisa Patterson was fatally injured after an accident in which her vehicle crashed off the roadway.

Investigating officials reported that the incident took place at around 9:00 p.m. just west of Highway 90.

Police reported that 53-year-old Patterson was driving a 2003 Ford eastbound along Bear Bluff Trail, south of Ravenden Springs. As she did so, in events not yet clear, the vehicle suddenly lost control and went off the side of the road. It crashed into a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Patterson was fatally injured in the crash. Medical officials pronounced her dead at the scene. No other motorists were injured.

At this time, no further details have been released.

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Commentary

Single-vehicle accidents like this one can be very complex to figure out. They often happen during nighttime hours on rural roads, meaning there aren't any witnesses to help clear up exactly what happened. Since investigations are lacking crucial details about why the crash happened, people often fill in the blanks with their own assumptions, which tend to be negatively biased against the driver in these cases. Despite this general conception, driver error is not the only thing that can cause a single-vehicle crash.

Things such as mechanical failures, road hazards, and even other vehicles which leave the scene can cause a car to run off the road. The problem is that these details are often difficult to detect during preliminary investigations, and many times such factors only come to light when an independent professional conducts a more thorough investigation. The infamous (and fatal) GM ignition switch defect from several years ago now is an example of a factor completely beyond a driver's control which was only discovered after people decided to have experts outside the police examine the evidence surrounding the crash.

Now, I'm not suggesting that something like this happened in this particular accident. I just know from years of experience dealing with these kinds of accidents that it's unfair and misleading to automatically assume a driver is at fault for a single-vehicle accident. There are factors to consider and options for those affected to pursue when an accident like this occurs, and it's important that people are aware of this. The article below delves further in-depth into the subject.

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