Drivers on vacation -- or simply on roads they haven't travelled before -- may need to pay extra attention to traffic signs and road conditions. One Tennessee pickup driver who was driving out of state might have benefitted from this advice.
According to authorities, the 25-year-old Tennessee driver was traveling on I-69 when he rear-ended a semi truck. The semi truck driver had been slowing his speed to make a U-turn. The lane that that semi driver was entering was a median crossover, and signs indicated that it was only for authorized vehicles.
Unfortunately, the Tennessee driver's speed propelled his pickup under the trailer of the semi. When it came to rest, the pickup extended out of the semi trailer only from the rear window onward. Rescue firefighters had to use power equipment to cut the man loose from the wreckage.
Until the Tennessee driver recovers, he will not be able to provide witness testimony. Yet there may be additional evidence produced by the investigation that will establish that negligence on the part of the semi driver was at play in this truck accident. Certainly, an unlawful U-turn on a highway might be useful evidence against the semi driver in a personal injury lawsuit. In addition, other evidence, such as skid mark analysis, might confirm whether the Tennessee man was following at a safe distance.
The post may also serve as a note of caution to Tennessee drivers traveling in unfamiliar areas. When traveling out-of-state, drivers might consider slower speeds, and allowing more following distance between vehicles. Without a local's knowledge of road conditions, visiting drivers may have to practice defensive driving.
Source: lansingstatejournal.com, "Trucker making U-turn on I-69 results in serious crash," Trace Christenson, April 3, 2013