Accidents on Interstate roadways are often more traumatic due to the high speeds and congested traffic. In Tennessee, where big trucks and personal automobiles share lanes a collision can result in serious injury or death. Despite extensive training to obtain a commercial driver's license, there is not a surefire way to prevent serious accidents from occurring, especially when truck drivers can be just as inclined toward speeding and distracted driving.
It was late evening when police officials and emergency personnel were called to the scene of a crash on Interstate 81. As authorities began investigating the scene, they came upon a semi-truck which had collided with the rear end of a car traveling in the same direction. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, and his wife was transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the accident.
Safety officials believe that the truck driver may have been distracted or fatigued, causing the accident. Reports suggest that the truck did not show signs of slowing down prior to impact. It is also suspected that the truck was travelling above the speed limit. Unfortunately, the truck driver was ejected from the rig during the accident, before being hit and dragged by a passing vehicle for several hundred yards. He did not survive.
Authorities are still investigating the scene. There are many details that still need to be considered in the case, but reports suggest that the truck driver was at fault for allegedly speeding and distracted driving. For the victims' families, there is little resolution for the hardship they must endure. For Tennessee residents in similar circumstances, compensation may be awarded to cover medical and funeral expenses related to truck accidents.
Source: tricities.com, Cause of Interstate 81 crash that killed two still under investigation, Kevin Castle and Bristol Herald Courier, March 3, 2014