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Truck accidents: 67-year-old killed, police suspect DUI a factor

Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous on Tennessee roads. Truck accidents involve the largest and heaviest vehicles on the road, sometimes they carry payloads of volatile and caustic chemicals, and when they involve a smaller vehicle the resulting death, injury and destruction can be heart wrenching. When alcohol is also brought into the mix, we have a recipe for disaster.

Law enforcement authorities are currently investigating if alcohol played a factor in a tractor-trailer accident that killed a man from Covington, Tennessee. On Sept. 16, the 67-year-old victim was driving north down Interstate 81 in his tractor-trailer when he was struck by a pickup truck. The man's tractor-trailer ricocheted into a guardrail and burst into flames.

The pickup truck flipped over and slammed into a guardrail. The two people inside the pickup were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. The man in the tractor-trailer died at the scene of the accident.

Police suspect that the pickup truck driver was drinking at the time of the accident. If police suspicions are true, this horrific accident likely could have been avoided had the pickup driver been responsible and refrained from driving while under the influence of alcohol. Family members of victims killed in truck accidents caused by drunk drivers can seek justice by filing a personal injury wrongful death claim against the party responsible. Tennessee courts hold drunk drivers liable for the destruction they cause. Although no form of compensation will ever replace a lost loved one, a personal injury action can help family members obtain a sense of closure and justice regarding the catastrophe.

Source: roanoke.com, Alcohol suspected in crash that killed Covington man, Jordan Fifer, Sept. 18, 2013

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