Collisions involving 18-wheelers often come with devastating consequences, including serious injuries and deaths, whether they occur here in Tennessee or elsewhere. Families of the deceased victims and seriously injured survivors have the right to take legal action after truck accidents. Filing civil claims for wrongful death or personal injury, as applicable, can potentially provide restitution for damages resulting from such tragedies.
This could be the case in a recent accident that occurred when a tractor-trailer crossed over the median as it traveled along Interstate 24 and struck another semi head-on. The impact of the crash was severe, sending these two semis into a third tractor-trailer and an SUV. The 54-year-old driver allegedly responsible and the second truck driver involved were killed.
Of the other two drivers involved in this collision, the 31-year-old man suffered injuries while the 42-year-old managed to walk away unscathed. Authorities have yet to determine what caused the truck driver to careen through the median into the oncoming lanes of travel. As part of the investigation, toxicology samples were taken to determine whether the driver allegedly responsible was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
Even though the surviving family members of the deceased truck driver may seek workers' compensation benefits to help with their financial losses, that does not preclude them from filing a wrongful death claim against the estate of the trucker believed responsible, among others as well. Furthermore, the driver who suffered injuries may file a personal injury claim, while the driver who was uninjured may be able to pursue a claim for property damage. Tennessee lawyers in this field can assist victims and their loved ones in taking action for injuries and deaths resulting from truck accidents such as this one to increase the chances of a successful claim.
Source: wrcbtv.com, "UPDATE: THP releases names of drivers involved in deadly I-24 crash", Kristin Hodges, Ken Nicholson, June 2, 2017