A North Little Rock accident involving multiple semi-trucks killed a 53-year-old man, authorities said. The July 9 crash reportedly occurred on Interstate 40 at approximately 5 p.m. and injured two other individuals.
Police reported that an earlier wreck on the interstate had slackened traffic in the westbound lanes near mile marker 161, yet two vehicles in the passing lane failed to decelerate accordingly. This resulted in a chain-reaction crash that involved four semi-trucks and a 2012 Cadillac, reportedly.
Two of the truckers involved in the wreck, a 49-year-old man and a 42-year-old man, suffered injuries as a result, authorities said. The 53-year-old man who died was reportedly driving the Cadillac.
As this particular case illustrates, trucking accidents can inflict widespread and catastrophic damage and result in fatal injuries. Victims of such accidents may wish to pursue civil action as a means for receiving financial compensation for their economic losses if the accident was demonstrably caused by another party's actionable behavior, such as distracted driving. In that event, the at-fault party may be held accountable for the accident and its consequent damages.
For example, accident victims may retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit against the driver whose actionable behavior caused the crash, seeking restitution for hospital bills, medical costs and physical therapy expenses associated with their injuries. Moreover, victims may seek compensation for lost wages if their injuries proved to be disabling.
In order to receive compensation, claimants in a personal injury lawsuit must demonstrate the specific damages they suffered as a result of the crash. The personal injury lawyer may advise them regarding what evidentiary materials to retain so as to fulfill this requirement.
Source: ArkansasMatters.com, "Update: Dallas Man Killed in NLR I-40 Accident", July 10, 2014