El Dorado, AR — February 12, 2018, Dorothy Collins was fatally injured following an accident in which an 18-wheeler rear-ended her car.
Arkansas State Police officials reported that the accident happened at around 2:00 p.m. near 7273 US Highway 167, which is a few miles south of town.
According to preliminary police reports, 85-year-old Collins was the driver of a northbound Toyota sedan. For reasons which were not made clear, a northbound 18-wheeler crashed into the back of the Toyota. As a result, the Toyota ran off the side of the highway.
Due to the severity of the collision, Collins sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Reports did not specify the truck driver’s condition.
At this time, police continue to investigate the cause of the accident.
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Looking at these reports, you really couldn’t ask for better conditions to avoid crashing into another vehicle. Authorities say weather was favorable, roads dry, and it happened in broad daylight on relatively wide-open, flat highway. How in the world did this accident happen?
I’ve litigated hundreds of truck accidents over the years, many of which involved a rear-end collision. Usually when a driver crashes into the back of another vehicle, it’s because they were speeding, following too closely, or just not paying attention to the road. To be clear, I can’t say for certain one of those factors contributed to this incident, but the odds seem to point that direction.
The issue here is that many people read these reports and think the trucking company will automatically bear responsibility for the crash. That’s not at all the case. A drive can always defend themselves from accusation of fault, and no one does that more fiercely than a commercial trucking company.
Even when the facts seem stacked against them, trucking companies have teams of professionals dedicated to avoiding liability whenever possible. They usually do this by trying to shift blame onto the victims. This obviously creates challenges for victims and families who think they have an open-and-shut case. Suddenly, they encounter walls that the trucking company puts in their way without the necessary evidence to circumvent those barriers.
Again, there’s no way to say exactly what happened here. That being said, any serious accident requires an immediate independent investigation to ensure crucial evidence makes its way to those affected. Regardless of what happened here, getting to the truth requires extensive tangible evidence.
–Grossman Law Offices