While most everyone is aware of the great risk associated with driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol, many people continue to make the choice to drive while under the influence. When impaired drivers are involved in a collision, the resulting damage can be devastating, particularly when the driver at fault is operating a large vehicle like a truck. The people who tend to suffer most from truck wrecks are generally innocent victims who find themselves in an unfortunate situation. One such wreck occurred in Tennessee in late July.
A truck driver, who was traveling northbound in the left lane on Interstate 75, apparently lost control of his vehicle as the result of impairment, allegedly from methadone and Valium. According to police accounts, the driver appeared to lose control of the truck and over-correct his mistake twice, eventually causing his rig to overturn. The rig then separated, which caused the tractor to fly off the road as the trailer careened into travel lanes. The out-of-control trailer then struck a vehicle, sending it off of the road and into a tree.
Three adults and one infant were in the car that was hit. Luckily, all four were wearing seatbelts and appropriate child safety restraints, respectively. The family was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby medical center and treated for injuries.
Serious injury from truck wrecks like this one in Tennessee can occur in the blink of an eye. If the other driver is determined to be at fault for the wreck, victims may decide to find an experienced attorney to help them file a personal injury claim. Upon doing so, victims may find themselves eligible for financial benefits that could help them manage their resulting financial burden.
Source: knoxnews.com, "Trucker charged with DUI in crash that closed I-75 North", Don Jacobs, July 30, 2015