According to the Tennessee Metropolitan Planning Commission, Alcoa Highway is considered the most traveled non-interstate road in Tennessee. Specifically, more than 46,000 drivers travelled on the route south of Maloney Road every day in 2011.
Many Tennessee readers might also agree that Alcoa Highway is among the more dangerous roads in the state. According to a spokesperson with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, two intersections are particularly dangerous, each contributing to many car accidents each year: Montlake Road and Maloney Road. Possible safety improvement plans include installing additional acceleration lanes for traffic merging onto Alcoa Highway.
Unfortunately, the dangerous road recently claimed another victim in a two-vehicle collision between a 26-year-old man driving a Nissan Maxima and an oncoming Ford Explorer driven by a 22-year-old woman. According to authorities, the driver in the sedan was attempting to merge onto Alcoa Highway when the oncoming SUV struck him. Both drivers were taken to a local hospital for treatment, but the man's injuries proved to be fatal.
In this case, a personal injury attorney will have several facts to investigate. Although drivers merging onto a highway are typically expected to yield, there may have been other factors that caused the SUV to strike the Nissan Maxima. An attorney can discover which driver was at fault, and hold that driver accountable for his or her negligence through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Such a lawsuit, if successful, might return a sizable recovery for the accident victim, helping to defray medical costs, pay for property damage repairs and provide compensation for any pain and suffering.
Source: knowxnews.com, "Driver dies of injuries following Alcoa Highway crash," March 25, 2013