One short stretch along a Tennessee interstate has been the site of five fatal motor vehicle collisions caused by wrong-way drivers since March of 2013. Many of these accidents involved tractor trailer trucks. The most recent of these truck accidents has left families grieving for the loss of their loved ones. The family members of the victim killed in this crash may have the right to take action on his behalf.
The accident occurred around 1 a.m. A 21-year-old man was driving along the interstate before he crossed into the lanes of opposing traffic. It was at this point that his vehicle slammed into an oncoming tractor-trailer. The intense impact of the crash caused the hazardous materials on the big rig to ignite.
Sadly, the 67-year-old man driving the tractor-trailer lost his life. The driver allegedly responsible for the accident was also killed. Authorities have not yet determined whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the collision. The investigation is ongoing.
Loved ones in Tennessee who have lost family members in truck accidents due to the negligence of others may have the right to file civil claims for wrongful death. If successfully litigated, these claims may result in much-needed compensation that can be used to cover all end-of-life expenses, including funeral and burial costs. Monetary damages for a successful lawsuit may also be awarded for a family's pain and suffering in the aftermath of these tragic incidents. An experienced attorney can provide much-needed guidance during these unfortunate and difficult times.
Source: knoxnews.com, "I-40 wrong-way crash was fifth fatal head-on collision in the area in three years", Hayes Hickman, July 21, 2016