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Worker killed in fatal job site injury due to fallen tree

When a Tennessee worker operates heavy machinery outdoors, the job often carries with it a greater chance of getting injured. Between the machinery and the inherent dangers of many job sites, the risk of injury is substantial. When a job site injury is fatal, the deceased worker's dependents typically file a workers' compensation claim for death benefits.

A job site injury occurred recently in the latter part of August in Humboldt. The city worker died when he was critically injured by a tree that fell on him. The 70-year-old man had been working that morning on a crew behind the local high school, according to the mayor.

RV and car involved in car accident, one driver injured

During the summer, many Tennessee families and groups of friends may decide to take a road trip for their vacation. Some individuals decide to take an RV, which affords them the common conveniences of home wherever they might decide to travel. However, due to the immense size of an RV, great care must always be taken when operating one. Otherwise, a car accident could occur that could have serious, if not life-threatening, consequences for others involved in the accident.

According to the police, a car accident between an RV and a passenger vehicle occurred in Chattanooga. The accident occurred on a recent Sunday around 5 p.m. It is believed that the individual operating the RV was traveling west on a street but failed to yield to cross-traffic while proceeding through an intersection.

DUI contributing factor in causing wrongful death of passenger

As most Tennessee residents know, alcohol and driving don't mix. A motorist who decides to drink and drive puts him or herself and his or her passengers, as well as other motorists, at great risk. A recent single-car accident that is believed to have been caused by a drunk driver claimed the life of the passenger and may serve as grounds for a wrongful death claim by the decedent's remaining family members.

According to the Memphis Police, it was around 7:15 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning when a man lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle then spun, left the roadway and crashed into a tree. Shortly thereafter, it struck a second tree on the passenger side of the vehicle. It was only 15 minutes later that the female passenger was pronounced dead.

Tennessee truck wrecks can prove disasterous for victims

While most everyone is aware of the great risk associated with driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol, many people continue to make the choice to drive while under the influence. When impaired drivers are involved in a collision, the resulting damage can be devastating, particularly when the driver at fault is operating a large vehicle like a truck. The people who tend to suffer most from truck wrecks are generally innocent victims who find themselves in an unfortunate situation. One such wreck occurred in Tennessee in late July.

A truck driver, who was traveling northbound in the left lane on Interstate 75, apparently lost control of his vehicle as the result of impairment, allegedly from methadone and Valium. According to police accounts, the driver appeared to lose control of the truck and over-correct his mistake twice, eventually causing his rig to overturn. The rig then separated, which caused the tractor to fly off the road as the trailer careened into travel lanes. The out-of-control trailer then struck a vehicle, sending it off of the road and into a tree.

Employees of ConAgra Foods hurt at work when plant pipe explodes

Many types of jobs in Tennessee include a certain level of danger in employees' day-to-day job responsibilities. From construction workers to factory workers around heavy machinery, the chance to be hurt at work often goes along as part of the job. A recent job-site accident at a food plant resulted in several employees being injured.

According to police, multiple employees were hurt at work at the Humboldt-based ConAgra Foods plant. Inside the food processing plant, a pipe that was filled with hot caramel burst, according to the company. Five people were hurt in relation to the blast.

Devastating truck accidents often claim lives in Tennessee

Between its size and weight, a semi truck can easily become a deadly weapon if not operated with the utmost caution by its driver. Those that drive big rigs in Tennessee not only have a responsibility to themselves but to all other motor vehicle operators around them to pay strict attention and use great care when operating their massive vehicles. If they fail to do this, the truck accidents that result often have life-altering effects.

A lawsuit was recently filed in regards to such an accident. The accident occurred in June in Chattanooga and concerned a truck crash that resulted in six fatalities. According to witnesses, the truck driver plowed into several cars that were stopped due to road construction. It resulted in a nine-vehicle crash with six fatalities and several injured parties.

Recent accident in Sevier County leads to 1 dead, 2 injured

Car accidents are one of life's most unfortunate occurrences. Not only do they occur every day in Tennessee, they are often responsible for serious injury and even death. A recent car accident left one individual dead as well as two others injured.

According to authorities, a man from out of state was killed and two others were injured in relation to a two-car accident on a highway. The accident occurred late morning in early July in Sevierville and resulted in the highway being closed for many hours. The accident occurred when one vehicle drove into oncoming traffic. 

High speed chase leaves cop hurt; may seek workers' compensation

Whether rushing to make an appointment or late for work, drivers all over Tennessee speed for a variety of reasons. However, most drivers, when caught speeding by a police officer, pull over. One driver who did not led officers on a high speed chase that ended in a car accident and resulted in an officer being injured. As the officer was injured on the job, he may seek to file for workers' compensation benefits. 

The accident occurred in Williamson County on a night in early July. According to the authorities, a sedan driven by a 45-year-old man was first seen speeding by a Spring Hill police officer. The officer began to pursue and attempted to pull the car over, but the driver refused to stop.

Brake failure in truck accidents, serious injury often results

With all of the major highways and Interstates that crisscross through the state, drivers in Tennessee see a great deal of big trucks. Though many of those that operate these big trucks are experienced drivers, accidents can still occur due to mechanical malfunctions or driver distraction. When truck accidents do occur, the damage inflicted is often substantial.

A recent truck accident resulted in the injury of another driver as well as damage to a business. The accident occurred in Knoxville in the early part of July. It involved a dump truck driven by a 44-year-old man.

Tennessee truck accidents: 6 killed, multiple injured in crash

There are times when certain road conditions can make a driver feel unsafe. For example, if it is raining or snowing, drivers could be concerned that an accident may occur. Most people likely feel relatively safe when they are stopped for construction, but truck accidents can, unfortunately, occur at any time and can even impact vehicles that are not in motion. Tennessee police are conducting an investigation into a recent accident that killed six people and involved nine vehicles, eight of which were stopped at the time of the collision.

According to reports, the incident occurred just after 7 p.m. one night in late June just before the entrance of a construction zone. A representative for the Tennessee Department of Transportation has said that the accident happened where cars were stopped as lanes were closed due to a resurfacing project. Police indicate that a tractor trailer driven by a 39-year-old man slammed into the back of several stopped vehicles.

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