Arkansas drivers who own a car with a keyless ignition should be aware that at least 18 deaths have been attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning associated with the car. Because it is possible to leave the car on accidentally and there is no automatic shutoff, a number of people have died. One was a woman who did not realize she had not turned off her car over Labor Day weekend while another was an 84-year-old man whose daughter is an attorney. She said that they got little response from the federal government after she wrote a letter about it.
Arkansas residents who are contemplating the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit after the death of a family member might need to consider the possibility that the Medicare system could be entitled to a portion of the resulting settlement or award. Laws that define the situations when medical expenses could be counted as damages vary by state, but federal law states that a Medicare lien will be established if a third party was responsible for a Medicare recipient's injuries. The government considers payments made by Medicare prior to the recovery of damages from a responsible party conditional, and it will seek reimbursement from a party found to be liable.
Many Arkansas residents were saddened when the popular actor Paul Walker lost his life in a high speed auto accident in 2013. Walker is remembered for his performances in the 'Fast and Furious" series, and he was killed while riding in the kind of high performance vehicle featured in the films. The accident has led to accusations that the Porsche Carrera GT Walker was a passenger in lacked features that could have prevented the tragedy, and the actor's father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the German car maker on Nov. 25.
Arkansas residents may be interested to learn about a fatal shooting that took place at a zombie-themed event in Florida. A 20-year-old man was killed while attending ZombiCon, a charity event in downtown Fort Myers that drew 20,000 attendees on Oct. 17. Five other people were wounded in the shooting that took place in a crowd of people dressed in zombie costumes.
Many Arkansas movie fans remember the November 2013 crash that killed the late actor Paul Walker and his friend who was driving the car. Now, Walker's teenage daughter has sued Porsche over the 2013 crash that killed her father, even though the crash was found by an initial investigation report to be caused by excessive speed. According to her lawsuit, the car was manufactured without a stabilization system, which allegedly could have prevented the fatal result.
Arkansas residents may have heard that Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, died in Atlanta in July after spending months in a medically induced coma. Now, the administrator of Brown's estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her boyfriend at the time, Nick Gordon, alleging that he caused the injuries that led to her death.
Arkansas authorities reported that a 94-year-old woman died March 4 after the 2014 Honda CR-V SUV she was riding in collided with another vehicle. According to the report, the 16-year-old driver of the other vehicle, a pickup truck, failed to navigate a curve in the roadway and lost control of the vehicle, causing the crash.
Arkansas State Police reported that a four-vehicle accident in Lawrence County at about 9:20 a.m. on Oct. 30 claimed the life of a 24-year-old Hardy woman. Three other individuals involved suffered injuries.
Officials report that an Arkansas woman who was struck by a car in Saline County on Aug. 21 has died from the injuries she sustained. Police charged the driver whose vehicle struck her with first-degree murder, driving on a suspended license and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
On July 15, an Arkansas driver hit and killed a 46-year-old female at the intersection of U.S. 62 and Little Elm Road. The woman was struck while jogging near her home. The victim was survived by her husband and five-year-old daughter.