Between its size and weight, a semi truck can easily become a deadly weapon if not operated with the utmost caution by its driver. Those that drive big rigs in Tennessee not only have a responsibility to themselves but to all other motor vehicle operators around them to pay strict attention and use great care when operating their massive vehicles. If they fail to do this, the truck accidents that result often have life-altering effects.
A lawsuit was recently filed in regards to such an accident. The accident occurred in June in Chattanooga and concerned a truck crash that resulted in six fatalities. According to witnesses, the truck driver plowed into several cars that were stopped due to road construction. It resulted in a nine-vehicle crash with six fatalities and several injured parties.
One of the injured survivors is suing the truck driver as well as the truck's owners for $5 million in damages as well as another $5 million for punitive damages. According to the lawsuit, the truck driver operated the vehicle with negligence as well as a reckless disregard for others' safety. The suit accuses the truck driver of speeding, reckless driving, as well as failing to control his vehicle.
Between the emotional pain and suffering and, in this case, the loss of life, the effects of truck accidents in Tennessee can be catastrophic and devastating. The victims of this tragic accident as well as their families might be entitled to financial reparations for the damages sustained that can help recoup some of the costs often associated with end-of-life arrangements. Many victims or their families choose to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to establish whether they have a viable case.
Source: timesfreepress.com, "Truck driver, company involved in fatal I-75 accident sued for $10 million", Evan Hoopfer, July 24, 2015