Around one year ago, a Johnson City woman was killed in an accident involving a city garbage truck. Now, one year later, her family is still waiting for the Tennessee Highway Patrol's report to be released. When a Tennessee resident dies because of a truck accident injury that was caused by the negligence of the truck driver, the decedent's remaining family members are typically entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the responsible party or parties.
On Friday, February 6th, 2015, the 54-year-old woman stepped into an intersection's crosswalk. Around the very same time she did so, a city garbage truck made a right turn at the intersection on a green light. Moments later, this truck struck the woman as she was in the process of walking across the street in the crosswalk, police say. The woman died in a local hospital later that day.
The woman's family decided to sue Johnson City, alleging negligence on the part of the garbage truck driver. According to court documents, the city's initial response to this suit was to blame the woman for her death due to her alleged intoxication at the time. However, state toxicology reports revealed later that this was not, in fact, true. Over a year later, the family is still waiting for answers, hoping that the Tennessee Highway Patrol will submit the final crash report.
When a truck accident injury results in an individual's death, a wrongful death claim may do little to assuage the family's grief. It can, however, provide some relief from the associated financial burdens that are typically associated with a death such as this one. Successfully navigated, the compensation derived is used to cover the cost of medical bills and emergency care, as well as funeral costs. A Tennessee family who is grieving the loss of a loved one typically chooses to consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can advocate for their needs and assist with the process of submitting a claim.
Source: wjhl.com, "Family of woman killed in trash truck accident still waiting on final police report", Josh Smith, Feb. 16, 2016