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Tennessee drunk driver collides with truck

Drunk driving may have been to blame in a recent head-on collision between a Nissan Titan and a Chevy Silverado.

According to authorities with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of the Nissan Titan truck had been driving east on Highway 64 at approximately 6:30 a.m. on a recent weekday morning. However, authorities believe the driver had been drinking. The impairment may explain why the man crossed the center line, driving into oncoming traffic.

The Titan struck an oncoming Chevy Silverado pulling a boat. The collision was deadly, partly due to the large vehicles involved. The larger mass of a truck requires a greater change in momentum than a car, which results in a greater force of impact. In addition, both trucks were travelling at high speeds. The resulting wreck closed down part of Highway 64 for several hours.

Everyone involved in the crash suffered injuries. The Titan driver was taken to a local medical facility for treatment. However, the injuries sustained by the occupants in the Silverado proved to be fatal. The local district attorney reports that charges against the Titan driver are pending.

In addition to his criminal troubles, the Titan driver may also have to defend against a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the surviving family of the Silverado passengers. The survivors may be able to build a strong case, establishing that the Titan driver was negligent. In that regard, evidence produced in the related criminal proceeding may prove helpful, such as blood or breath test results, an accident report, or even testimony from the responding police. In the hands of a personal injury attorney, such evidence might persuade a jury to compensate survivors for their grief over losing loved ones.

Source: wrcbtv.com, "Report: Driver in Hwy 64 fatal crash had been drinking," April 10, 2013

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