• June 07, 2017

Ester Bryant Killed in Quitman, AR, Rollover Accident

Quitman, AR -- June 6, 2017, Ester Bryant was killed due to an accident in which her vehicle lost control and crashed off the roadway.

Authorities from the Arkansas State Police reported on the fatal accident, which they say occurred just after 12:30 p.m. near where State Highway 124 becomes Rosebud Road.

Police investigators say that 71-year-old Bryant was driving a 2003 Ford in the eastbound lanes of Rosebud. For reasons which police have not yet determined, the vehicle lost control and went off the left side of the roadway. It crashed through a ditch and flipped over.

Ester was fatally injured in the accident. Reports indicate that she died at the scene.

Police say their investigations into the cause of the accident continue.

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Commentary

Something which I come across a lot while reading about these single vehicle accidents is people who try to automatically assume blame for the accident. Unfortunately, those assumptions tend to be that the driver was somehow at fault. While it's true that many such accidents are caused by things such as speeding, texting and driving, and intoxication, to automatically apply these factors to all accidents is wholly unfair and disregards the other factors which can cause and have caused these sorts of crashes.

There are factors such as tire blowouts, mechanical failures, hazardous debris in the roadway, and even animals entering traffic can cause a driver to suddenly lose control with little to no warning. In many of these situations, there comes a point where a driver cannot reasonably predict or react in a way which can avoid a crash. Whereas something like inattentive or dangerous driving is in the control of the driver, the previously mentioned factors tend to come suddenly and unexpectedly. It wouldn't be fair in most of those cases to hold a driver responsible for something so unforeseeable.

The issue arises, however, is that most of these causes are usually uncommon and difficult to detect in initial investigations. Police investigators, while they may be perfectly competent at their job, often lack the resources and time necessary to giving these accidents the attention they deserve. As a result, crucial information can fall through the cracks and ultimately be left behind. In order to prevent this from happening, I always advocate the victims and their families have a private investigation conducted.

Single-vehicle accidents can sometimes be caused by factors which require the experience and tools of a professional car accident investigator. These professionals will consider any and all factors--however unlikely they may be--and either rule them out or confirm them through tangible evidence. This way, those affected by the accident can rest assured they're getting the full story and not an incomplete picture. Whatever the result of those details, at least knowing the truth of what happened can provide a sense of closure.

--Grossman Law Offices

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