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1 woman killed in car accident with tractor-trailer

A car accident allegedly caused by a tractor-trailer led to the death of one female motorist. As reported by the Tennessee State Patrol, the driver of the truck made several decisions behind the wheel which either caused or contributed to the unfortunate and fatal car accident. The accident occurred along 11W as the truck was attempting to turn onto Sneedville Pike.

As the truck driver was attempting to turn, he apparently realized that the truck would be unable to make the sharp turn. The accident report states that he decided to turn around in the road. As he was turning, the truck directly collided with a car carrying two young women and one infant. One of the women, the driver, was killed in the impact. It appears that the other woman and the baby did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

The truck driver was not injured in the accident and legal charges are pending against him. All motorists have a legal responsibility to drive safely and obey traffic laws when on the road. Attempting to make an unsafe turn and then turning around in the road are actions for which a driver could be found criminally responsible. Additionally, such drivers can face a civil suit from the family of any deceased victim.

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil claim designed to allow Tennessee victims and the families of deceased victims to seek financial compensation. This legal option is typically best undertaken after a serious evaluation of all evidence from the car accident. The family could gather accident reports, medical bills and other documentation to determine if this is the best course of action for a particular situation.

Source: News Channel 11, "Woman killed; passengers, including infant, taken to hospitals after Rogersville crash", , Aug. 5, 2014

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