A man was killed in a trucking accident in Helena on Sept. 17. The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 49 and State Highway 20.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the deceased, a 59-year-old Marvell man, had been replacing a stop sign at the intersection at about 9:35 a.m. when he was hit by the trailer of an 18-wheeler truck driven by a Fayetteville resident. The truck driver had been heading east on Highway 20 near the intersection and was attempting to make a left turn when the fatal accident took place.
The driver of the truck was not injured in the incident. Helena-West Helena Police were investigating the accident to determine the cause of the crash. Police reported, however, that the road conditions at the time of the incident were clear and dry. In similar accidents, other factors such as weather conditions, distracted driving from talking or texting on a cellphone, speeding and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol could have played a role.
In a fatal accident such as this one, the surviving family of the decedent might choose to file a wrongful death case if the police investigation shows liability and negligence on part of the driver who crashed into and killed the victim. If the family files a successful claim, they might be compensated for pecuniary losses which can include loss of financial support and services as well as for funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship and pain suffered by the family due to the loss.
Source: Helena-Arkansas.com, "Marvell man struck, killed by truck while replacing stop sign", Randy Hogan, September 18, 2014