Motor vehicle accidents, whether in Tennessee or elsewhere, can have devastating consequences. Speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving are all common factors that all too often lead to a tragic death or serious injury. This was unfortunately the case for a group of people involved in yet another of the fatal truck accidents that plague American roadways. This one occurred in Harrogate on a weekday afternoon in the middle of July.
Authorities have reported that a 29-year-old accidentally overturned his tractor-trailer on a sharp bend. That caused his vehicle to cross the center line, heading into oncoming traffic. The tractor-trailer then struck a car driven by a 54-year-old woman. Her passenger was killed as a result of the head-on collision, and three others were seriously hurt.
Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that the occupants of the tractor-trailer were both drinking and using drugs. If this is confirmed, it will likely go a long ways toward establishing the primary cause for the driver losing control. Charges for the incident were said to be pending.
In fatal truck accidents such as this, wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits may be an appropriate legal recourse for the family of the deceased passenger as well as those that suffered serious injuries. In any such civil litigation in Tennessee, it will be necessary to prove by competent and relevant evidence that the wreck was caused by the negligence of the truck driver. If liability is established to the satisfaction of the judge presiding over the matter, the court will proceed to adjudicate claims for reimbursement of financial damages sustained as a result of the tragic accident.
Source: wate.com, "Speedwell man killed in wreck; charges pending," July 16, 2013