• July 20, 2017

Alvin Winberry Killed in Fayetteville, AR, Rollover Accident

Fayetteville, AR -- July 19, 2017, Alvin Winberry was killed due to an accident in which his vehicle overturned off the interstate.

The Arkansas State Police reported that the fatal crash happened just before 11:00 a.m. near the intersection of I-49 and 18th Street.

Preliminary police reports indicate that 76-year-old Winberry was traveling northbound along the interstate in a 2002 Ford F-150. As he did so, the vehicle somehow lost control and left the roadway. It crashed into a road sign before continuing off-road into a ditch. The vehicle overturned onto the service road and came to a stop.

Emergency services came to the scene, but Winberry succumbed to his injuries at the scene. No one else appears to have been involved in the accident.

The exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined. Investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

I often see with these single-vehicle accidents that people will comment things like, "Get off your phone, people!" or, "Drunk or on drugs?" It's all too common, when there is a lack of information on what caused a rollover, for people to jump to conclusions and blame the driver for the accident. I admit it's common for single-vehicle accidents to happen as a result of driver error, but to assume that all such accidents happen this way is simply unfair.

Factors such as tire blowouts, poor road conditions, sudden mechanical failures, defective parts, etc., can all cause a vehicle to lose control with little or no warning to the driver. One thing that makes single-vehicles accidents so complex is that some of these factors are both rare and subtle, making them easy to overlook during preliminary investigations. Especially if the police investigators don't consider the more unlikely factors, or if they just don't have the proper equipment for detecting them, these causes can often go unnoticed unless the victims or their families have the accident looked at by an independent professional.

This is why I so frequently advocate, for one, the use of private investigators and, two, for people to withhold their judgements unless they know all of the facts. Police reports and news reports are from infallible accounts of what happened, and what we may consider to be rare occurrences may indeed be the case in any given accident. In order to truly get justice for those affected by a car accident, all factors must be thoroughly considered. Only by knowing the full story can victims and their families get the resolution they deserve.

--Grossman Law Offices

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