A massive injury accident involving a tractor-trailer recently occurred in Tennessee. Truck accidents can cause major injuries due to the large size of these vehicles and the potentially fast speeds at which they are traveling on an Interstate highway. The recent truck accident started while a police officer investigated a single-vehicle accident involving an allegedly intoxicated woman. A tow truck driver was also on the scene.
At that moment, a tractor-trailer was apparently cut off by another vehicle while the officer and the tow truck driver were attending to the first accident. A media report suggested that another vehicle, a pickup, slowed to a crawl near the site of the first accident and may have contributed to the mayhem that followed. The semi and car collided, and the impact caused the car driver to lose control and hit the officer. The semi then slammed into the tow truck and injured the driver.
The officer and the driver of the tow truck both suffered injuries in the second accident. The tow truck driver was last listed as being in stable condition. The specific nature and extent of the back and hip injuries suffered by the police officer were not further detailed. Multiple charges are pending for the drivers of the tractor-trailer and car, as well as for the allegedly intoxicated woman.
When people are injured in truck accidents, the steps to take afterward may be confusing and overwhelming. The parties who are deemed responsible for such an accident can have claims filed against them by the injured person(s), who have the right to seek restitution. These claims would be in addition to any workers' compensation benefits recoverable by the police officer or tow truck operator. Financial restitution, based upon proof of negligence, can help to cover the cost of medical treatment and other specified financial losses with respect to a Tennessee injury accident.
Source: theleafchronicle.com, "Tennessee Highway trooper struck by car while investigating wreck, tow truck driver injured", Tavia D. Green, May 9, 2014