With so many vehicles traveling through Arkansas and other states at the same time, accidents are bound to occur. Unfortunately, traffic accidents often lead to death. Sadly, that was the situation for an Arkansas woman.
A 65-year-old woman recently died after a head-on collision that occurred on the afternoon of December 1. The Hatfield woman was traveling south on Highway 71 in Scott County. She then entered the northbound traffic lane and hit a semi truck head on. She later died from her injuries. The truck driver suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment.
Arkansas State Police investigated the accident. There was nothing out of the ordinary in terms of road and weather conditions. No details were released explaining why the woman drove into the wrong lane.
The type of accident that occurred in this case was a road departure crash. This type of accident includes head-on collisions, run off the road crashes and sideswipes. They can affect different parts of the vehicle, but all have similar causes. They may be caused by a car drifting into an adjacent lane, crossing a barrier or leaving the roadway.
Traffic signs, road surface markings and median barriers can help, but they can’t prevent all crashes. There are many factors that can lead to such crashes. Many of these crashes happen at night, when visibility is poor. However, speed, inattention, distractions and intoxication can also cause road departure crashes.
Between 2014 and 2016, there was an average of 18,779 fatalities per year caused by roadway departure crashes in the United States. This accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities in the country. The Federal Highway Administration is researching ways to prevent these crashes and reduce their severity when they do occur.
Lane departure accidents are common and often lead to severe injuries and death. Any time you are involved in a serious accident with a semi truck or other vehicle, it’s important to seek legal help.
The aggressive truck accident attorneys at the Elliott & Smith Law Firm can assess your case and help you understand your legal rights. We can help you recover the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call our Fayetteville, Arkansas office at 479-JUSTICE (587-8423).