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What Are the Long-Term Effects of a TBI?

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that affects the way the brain works. TBIs can be mild, moderate, or severe. Those who suffer from mild TBIs may be able to recover safely at home, but unfortunately, a moderate or severe TBI can lead to long-term health complications.

If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI in Arkansas recently, or are suffering from long-term complications from an injury, an attorney can help you seek financial compensation so you can focus on getting better.

Get in touch with an attorney at Minton Law Firm by calling our Little Rock office at 501-794-0001. You can also reach us by filling out the online form on our website.

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One Dead, Two Injured in Sharp County Head-On Collision

On Friday, April 9, 2021, two vehicles collided on North Main Street in Cave City, Arkansas, just after 9 p.m. Brian Day, 67, of Jonesboro, was driving northbound when he crossed the center line and crashed into another vehicle headed south.

According to the Arkansas State Police report, Day’s Mitsubishi Endeavor hit a Toyota Corolla head-on. Sandra Day, a passenger in Day’s car, and Sarah Estes, a passenger in the Corolla, were taken to UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock for their injuries. Tragically, Brian Day was killed in the crash.

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Two Killed, Three Injured in Crash Involving Semi on Highway 67

On March 16, 2021, Phyllis A. Kerr, 70, of North Little Rock, and her passenger, Clayton A. Meharg, 97, of Letona, died after colliding with a semi-truck in a multi-vehicle accident.

Arkansas State Police reported the multi-vehicle accident, which occurred just after 8:50 a.m. on Highway 67 in Lonoke County. The inciting event involved a semi-truck that hit the rear end of Kerr’s Toyota Camry. Kerr’s vehicle was pushed into another vehicle, a Dodge, and the impact of that collision forced her car off the left side of the road.

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Winter Weather Causes Chain of Accidents on I-40

Unprecedented weather in the South also affected Little Rock and much of Arkansas in mid-February. 

On February 17th, snow, ice, and cold temps led to multiple accidents, shutting down I-40 east- and westbound for multiple hours. Arkansas State Police reported a 30-mile chain of accidents, starting with a single event at 9 a.m. The chain’s first event involved a state patrol vehicle and a jackknifed semi.

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8-Year-Old Boy Dies in Collision on Clay County Road 406

On February 2, 2021, four people were injured and one child died during a collision on Clay County Road 406. 

Thirty-eight-year-old Ervin Derrell Hill, of Jonesboro, was traveling west on Clay 406 when he lost control and crashed head-on into the vehicle of Mark Johnson, 54, of Rector. Later court documents show that Hill was “traveling at a high rate of speed” in his 2007 Buick Lucerne on the county road. Passing over a hill at high speeds caused the vehicle to become airborne, leading to the loss of control and collision. 

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White Hall Council Member Killed in New Year’s Eve Crash

Andy Lunsford, a Ward City City Council Member in White Hall, AR, was killed in a car crash on New Year’s Eve. Rainy road conditions may have influenced the crash, which occurred near exit 7 of Interstate 530 in Pulaski County.

As a real estate appraiser, Lunsford was a major part of White Hall’s growth and was an important part of the development on Sheridan Road, a major thoroughfare in the growing suburb.

Lunsford, 48, was driving westbound on Pratt Road, along with a large 3-350 truck. A third vehicle, a 2015 Mustang, was turning onto Pratt Road from Ironton Road, and struck the side of the westbound E-350 truck.

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Who Is Liable In a Truck Accident?

Large-truck crashes that involve passenger vehicles are increasingly common in the United States, and Arkansas is no exception.

The number of commercial trucks involved in fatal collisions has increased 42 percent since 2009, according to recent data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the majority of those killed were passenger vehicle occupants.

A 2014 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that large-truck accidents accounted for more than 11 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in Arkansas.

Semi-truck crashes—including those involving logging trucks—are common in the greater Little Rock area due to the interchange of major interstates and the heavy commercial traffic that use these highways.

Recovering compensation for injuries suffered in a crash with a semi, log truck or other large commercial truck can be difficult because multiple parties—including the truck driver and trucking company—may be liable.

If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a collision with a large truck, the Little Rock truck accident lawyers at the Minton Law Firm are ready to help.

Please call us today at 501-794-0001 for a free consultation or contact us online to tell us your story now.

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Arkansas?

A loved one’s wrongful death can leave survivors facing unexpected emotional and financial losses. A successful wrongful death lawsuit can help eligible survivors secure the compensation they need to cope with certain expenses and other damages.

Pursuing a wrongful death claim in Arkansas can be complicated, however, because only the representative of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death case.

If a loved one died due to another’s negligence, the Little Rock wrongful death attorneys at the Minton Law Firm are here to help.

Our compassionate, experienced lawyers can take the lead on your case and guide you through the process so you and your family can focus on grieving and moving forward with your lives.

Please call us today at 501-794-0001 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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The Risks and Rewards of Arkansas’ Trucking Industry

Recognized as a national freight industry leader, Arkansas has an extensive freight transportation system that includes highways, railways, waterways, air cargo, and pipelines.

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These systems support Arkansas’ freight‐related industries across a number of different sectors, providing connectivity to the rest of the state and the country.

Arkansas’ trucking industry is the backbone of the freight transportation system; it affects the everyday lives of Arkansans, from transporting goods to creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.

However, this great responsibility comes with great risk.

Freight truck accidents occur every day, injuring and killing hundreds of people annually. Arkansas is among 14 states that suffer an unusually high rate of tractor-trailer accidents: more than 14 percent of all roadway fatalities in Arkansas involved a large commercial vehicle in 2015.

Because Arkansas relies on its freight economy, it’s important to understand both the rewards and risks of our state’s trucking industry.

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