A Tennessee police officer and his family were recently involved in an afternoon motor vehicle collision with a rollback car-hauler.
The officer was traveling on Highway 411 with his wife and three children when the crash occurred. Although the driver of the car-hauler was not injured, the officer's wife and middle child were killed on impact. The officer's oldest son was placed in critical care at UT Medical Center. The youngest son has been treated and released.
When a car collides with a truck, it's not hard to determine which vehicle will be the loser. The rollback car-hauler involved in this accident is an especially large type of truck, as it is designed to transport cars.
Due to the sheer size of trucks, extra care and responsibility is typically required of truck drivers. For that reason, Tennessee law requires most truck drivers to have a commercial license. Many truck companies are also required to keep safety records of their drivers, and to perform routine drug and alcohol testing.
Sadly, the injuries sustained in this collision were fatal for two of the officer's family members. If the officer believes that negligence on the part of the truck driver caused the accident, the officer might consider bringing a wrongful death suit. This type of civil suit may provide the officer with financial compensation for his pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses and property damage.
An attorney can prove instrumental in reviewing available accident reports and locating eyewitness testimony to determine the best course of action for victims of a car or truck accident. An attorney will know what evidence is required to establish fault on the part of the truck driver.
Source: Cleveland Daily Banner, "Mother, daughter killed in accident, son critical," Greg Kaylor, Feb. 22, 2013