Arkansas State Police say that a two-car collision claimed the life of a 72-year-old Stuttgart driver and injured his 60-year-old female passenger on Sunday, Feb. 22. The driver of the second vehicle involved in the incident was also injured in the wreck. All three individuals were transported to Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart, where the Stuttgart man was pronounced dead following the motor vehicle accident.
The crash happened in Monroe County approximately three miles north of Holly Grove, according to the ASP preliminary fatal accident summary. An investigating officer with the department reported that a 51-year-old Holly Grove man traveling northbound in a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided with a southbound 2003 GMC pick-up truck. According to the accident report, Arkansas 17 was wet with rain at 7:32 p.m. when the deadly crash occurred.
Preliminary reports do not indicate whether any charges are expected to be filed in the case. However, Arkansas residents who find that they are facing the untimely loss of a loved one under similar circumstances may want to know that they might be able to pursue a wrongful death claim even if no criminal charges are filed. Children, spouses or parents who lose a loved one due to the negligence of another party may be able to seek financial compensation for losses suffered because of the incident.
Surviving family members may find it beneficial to consult an attorney for advice before speaking with insurance representatives or filing an action in court. The attorney could examine the evidence and determine if the facts of the case support a claim and might be able to negotiate a settlement that provides compensation to family members for the full extent of the loss.
Source: Stuggart Daily Leader, "Stuttgart man killed in 2-vehicle accident Sunday," Leigh Hahn-Kreimeier, Feb. 24, 2015