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Tennessee driver injured when semi flips vehicle off bridge

Rear-end collisions happen all the time in Tennessee and elsewhere. Often, the vehicles involved are of similar size and speeds are reduced. These accidents, though they can be serious, are typically minor. However, a truck accident involving a tractor-trailer can turn what would normally be a minor fender-bender into a catastrophic wreck that can result in severe injury and death. One of these instances occurred recently in Nashville, and Knoxville residents should be aware of the dangers.

In Nashville, a pickup truck was rear-ended by a semi truck. The pickup slid against the guardrail until it flipped over a bridge. The pickup landed on some trees before it dropped onto another truck that was parked below. The driver of the pickup was seriously injured and taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The cause of the wreck is still unknown.

Truck accidents are often caused by truck driver fatigue, speeding or a distracted truck driver. Because of their size, truck accidents typically lead to devastating injuries. It is for that reason why it is so important for truck drivers to be attentive and cautious. One simple mistake can lead to heartache and pain for many other people.

Truck accident victims may be forced to deal with large medical expenses. Families who lose a loved one in an accident may be faced with funeral expenses. Fortunately, victims of these unfortunate and preventable accidents and their surviving family members have legal recourse. Through a civil lawsuit they may be awarded compensation to pay for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and funeral expenses.

Source: newschannel5.com, "One Injured After Pickup Truck Flips Over Bridge," June 11, 2012

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