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5 injured, 1 dead in Arkansas collision

According to the Arkansas State Police, an accident that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 27, resulted in injury to a number of individuals and the death of a 63-year-old woman from Sulphur Rock. The woman was driving on a road in Independence Country when a 16-year-old male driver going the opposite direction passed over the centerline and struck her vehicle.

The 16-year-old driver, his passenger and the three passengers in the woman's vehicle suffered injuries in the crash. The woman died from the injuries she suffered in the accident. The available report did not offer any details about the injuries suffered by the other individuals involved in the accident.

A trooper from the ASP said roads were dry and weather conditions were clear at the time of the accident. At the time of reporting, no charges had been filed.

In a situation such as this, the injured individuals and the deceased driver's loved ones might choose to seek out compensation to cover damages resulting from the accident. If a judge were to rule in favor of the plaintiffs, they might fund that might cover lost wages, medical expenses and other damages.

If these individuals were to hire a personal injury lawyer, one of the first things he or she might do is take a look at available evidence to figure out if the crash resulted because of negligence by the defendant. A concept that often comes up in personal injury cases like this one is a legal obligation called duty of care. Duty of care requires individuals who are performing a certain action, such as driving in this case, to follow a standard of safety so that others are not harmed. Showing that the defendant abandoned his or her duty of care when the incident happened may be the first element that must be established before proving negligence.

Source: KATV, "Trooper: Woman dies, 5 injured in Arkansas wreck", September 29, 2014

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