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Errant truck causes fatal accident on Tennessee Interstate

It only takes a split second for a driver to make a fatal mistake. Regardless of how defensively a motorist operates their vehicle, a negligent driver can take them by surprise and leave them with serious injuries. Far too often these injuries prove fatal. In the aftermath of a traffic fatality, surviving family members must learn to cope with their losses, which can take many forms, from the emotional to the financial.

Some Tennessee families may be dealing with this harsh reality after losing loved ones in a recent accident on I-40 near Crossville. According to a news report, an eastbound semi-trailer tractor unit without a trailer crossed the median. Upon entering westbound traffic, the truck slammed into a Nissan Sentra, sending it airborne. The truck then struck a westbound semi-truck. Another vehicle had to swerve into the median to avoid the accident. The drivers of both semi-trucks and the driver of the Nissan were killed in the wreck. A passenger in the Nissan was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Families affected by an accident like this are often overcome with grief. They will also have to deal with the unexpected financial ramifications of such an accident. Medical expenses, loss of support, and funeral costs can all throw a family into financial trouble.

If they are able to prove liability on the part of another driver, families who suffer the loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident can pursue a wrongful death claim. When an accident is caused by a motorist operating in the course of his or her employment, then the employer may also be found liable. Those who find themselves in a situation like this may want to contact an attorney who can help them determine the best way to pursue their legal claim.

Source: WBIR, "Victims identified in fatal I-40 crash," Andrew Weil, Nov. 12, 2016

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