Whenever road accidents in Tennessee result in death or severe injuries, thorough accident investigations are carried out. While the circumstances and cause of some accidents may be evident, others may require more investigative skills, and even reconstructionists, to determine what caused an accident and who was at fault. Special skills are often required when truck accidents are being investigated.
One such accident is currently under investigation in Lincoln County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a collision occurred on Highway 50 on a recent Friday morning. According to the accident report, a commercial delivery truck and a pickup truck were travelling in opposite directions on the highway when both drivers apparently swerved in an attempt to avoid colliding. It seems as if the two drivers swerved in the same direction, causing a head-on collision. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the need for both drivers to take evasive action.
Investigators reported that the pickup truck driver, who died in this accident, was not restrained by a safety belt. Although it was reported that the delivery truck driver suffered injuries, his condition is unknown. The investigators said the weather and icy road conditions played no role in the crash.
When loved ones are lost in accidents that were caused by the negligence of other parties, the surviving families may pursue compensation for financial losses incurred. However, when it is unclear who was at fault in car or truck accidents, claims may be dependent on gathering important evidence. An experienced wrongful death attorney may provide valuable guidance in assessing the circumstances of an accident to determine whether there is a viable claim to file in a Tennessee civil court.
Source: whnt.com, "UPDATE: Pickup truck driver killed in wreck in Lincoln County", Claire Aiello, March 6, 2015