On July 26, an accident occurred on Interstate 40 near Maumelle when a fully loaded trailer unhitched from the truck that was hauling it. The 17-year-old female driver of a Pontiac Vibe was traveling westbound on the roadway struck the trailer. According to the news source, she only had to time to attempt to brake. The teen suffered several broken bones in the crash that pushed the front end of her vehicle into her legs. It took emergency personnel about an hour and a half to safely extract the young woman from the mangled car. She was subsequently transported to Baptist Health in Little Rock and had undergone several surgeries as of July 28.
The driver's boyfriend was a passenger in the car and suffered a broken leg. The driver told the news source his bone protruded through the skin. That injury required a full-leg cast, and he was later discharged from Children's Hospital.
As of July 28, Arkansas State Police were still investigating this motor vehicle accident. They had not yet determined if the driver of the truck hauling the trailer had violated any safety procedures.
When someone is injured in a car accident, there is likely pain and suffering involved. Medical expenses may add up, and injured parties might experience a loss of wages while they recuperate.
An attorney experienced with personal injury cases could assist the victims of this incident by obtaining and reviewing police investigative reports when they are released. Even if police do not issue charges, there may be reason to file a civil lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle that towed the trailer if police find that he or she failed to properly attach it. Through civil litigation, those injured in motor vehicle accidents could win compensation for the financial harm caused to them in those crashes.
Source: ArkansasMatters.com, "Victim in I-40 Runaway Trailer Accident Describes Head-On Accident", Josh Berry, July 28, 2014