There are times when certain road conditions can make a driver feel unsafe. For example, if it is raining or snowing, drivers could be concerned that an accident may occur. Most people likely feel relatively safe when they are stopped for construction, but truck accidents can, unfortunately, occur at any time and can even impact vehicles that are not in motion. Tennessee police are conducting an investigation into a recent accident that killed six people and involved nine vehicles, eight of which were stopped at the time of the collision.
According to reports, the incident occurred just after 7 p.m. one night in late June just before the entrance of a construction zone. A representative for the Tennessee Department of Transportation has said that the accident happened where cars were stopped as lanes were closed due to a resurfacing project. Police indicate that a tractor trailer driven by a 39-year-old man slammed into the back of several stopped vehicles.
One of the vehicles burst into flames as a result of the collision. The four occupants of that car -- a 31-year-old woman, 50 year-old woman, and two children -- were killed. Two other men in separate vehicles also lost their lives. Eighteen people in total were involved in the accident. In addition to the six fatalities, six people were sent to the hospital.
Police in Tennessee are still working out the details of the accident, but have said that the driver of the big rig was traveling from Florida. While police work to figure out the exact cause of so much grief and turmoil, the families of the deceased victims are likely coping with their grief while those injured may be focusing on their recovery. Victims of truck accidents such as this -- including family members in the event of a fatality -- often seek the guidance of an experienced attorney who can help determine all responsible parties. In some cases, this may also include the driver's employer. A successfully presented civil case could result in the recovery of damages resulting from the tragic event.
Source: timesfreepress.com, "Police identify all 18 victims of tragic I-75 tractor trailer crash", Shelly Bradbury, June 26, 2015