• May 25, 2017

Jacqulyn McCabe Killed, James Stewart Injured in Chicot, AR, Accident

Chicot County, AR -- May 24, 2017, Jacqulyn McCabe was killed, James Stewart was injured, following an accident where a car and an 18-wheeler crashed.

The Arkansas State Police reported on a fatal accident which they say took place at around 7:20 a.m. near the US Highway 82 and US Highway 65 interchange.

Preliminary police reports indicate that 30-year-old McCabe was driving a Toyota Solara along westbound US 82. Officials claim her vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic where it crashed head-on with an 18-wheeler driven by 48-year-old Stewart.

McCabe was fatally injured in the collision, and police say she died at the scene. Stewart was taken to Chicot Memorial Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Police did not say what the cause of the accident may have been. No further details have been released.

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Commentary

To say this is an unfortunate incident would be an understatement. If police reports are accurate, then there needs to be a thorough investigation into exactly what caused this accident to occur--that's if reports are accurate. After nearly 30 years of experience working with victims and their families, our firm has encountered countless situations where the police report was either missing crucial details or simply got them wrong. After all, many of these reports are worded as, for example, "Vehicle 1 failed to yield and hit Vehicle 2." As you might imagine, a simple typo could completely change the fact pattern, placing the victims at fault and vice versa.

Now I'm not saying that this is what happened here, but I've always advocated that victims and their families can never be too sure. Especially when someone loses their life, no effort can be spared in getting the full truth of what happened to them. This is why gaining the aid of a private investigator is something I've recommended to people for years. Whereas police departments often don't have the time, experience, or resources necessary to properly investigate something as complex as a commercial truck accident, an experienced independent investigator has no other job than to pick through every possible factor involved in the wreck.

Perhaps these further investigations reveal new information or correct mistaken details, or maybe they just confirm what police have already reported. The point here is that there's no such thing as being too sure of what happened. Think of it this way: when someone receives serious news from a doctor, they usually seek out the opinion of a second professional who is experienced in that particular subject. This isn't an insult to the abilities of the first doctor; it's just that such serious matters can't be taken lightly, and seeking a second opinion helps ensure there are no doubts or questions about the situation. As such, when someone is hurt or killed in an accident, those affected deserve to know the full story. Regardless of the outcome, that bit of closure can be an immense relief during a time of hardship.

--Grossman Law Offices

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