Many Tennessee residents had travel plans over the recent Memorial Day weekend. Perhaps the travel was just to get together with friends or family. Others may have had out-of-state destinations. Either way, the state's roads and highways saw a fair amount of vehicular traffic over the holiday weekend. Unfortunately, the holiday weekend was not free of motor vehicle accidents.
One particularly tragic car accident involved three vehicles traveling in Williamson County on Highway 96. According to reports, a minivan with 11 occupants may have swiped another vehicle. Unfortunately, the minivan driver was not able to regain control afterwards, and the momentum of that first impact may have contributed to its subsequent collision into an oncoming third car.
The force of the head-on collision resulted in critical injuries to both occupants of the car. Two passengers in the minivan also sustained serious injuries. However, the remaining minivan passengers also required medical attention. Authorities suspect the personal injuries of the minivan occupants may have been more severe because none were wearing seatbelts.
Safe driving may require more than competent operation of one's own vehicle. In this case, a jury might find the minivan driver negligent for not requiring the minivan passengers to buckle up. In addition, safe driving sometimes means defensive driving, as other traffic patterns may not always be predictable. Authorities are still investigating the sideswipe that put the chain of events into motion. If a car ahead of the minivan slammed on its breaks or merged without looking for traffic, a personal injury lawsuit might also be brought against that driver.
wate.com, "13 injured in 3-car crash in Middle Tennessee," May 27, 2013