Tractor trailers seem to dominate our highways and interstates. Their sheer size can be intimidating to the safest car driver, even when the tractor trailer is being carefully driven. While most trucks are safe, their drivers are responsible for providing a much needed service in our economy.
Sadly though, while a truck driver may be responsible, they can't be responsible for other drivers on the road and this was the case last week when a car veered into oncoming traffic, crashing into a semi-truck head on, killing the driver of the car. The impact of the collision caused the tractor trailer to tip over on the passenger side and burst into flames.
The two passengers in the car as well as the truck driver were treated for their injuries and released.
While this case is still under investigation, it appears that speed and alcohol may have contributed to the crash. In these types of cases driver negligent could be to blame. When these sad events take place, victims and their families could seek compensation to recoup any resulting medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.
Compensation may not make an individual or a family whole again, but it can provide them with a life where they are not consumed by medical bills, lost wages or funeral expenses.
This accident is a tragic example of how speed and alcohol can contribute to a car accident. If you are involved in an accident where you were injured because of the negligence of another driver, it is important that you speak with a personal injury attorney. They understand the physical, emotional and financial issues that you could be dealing with in regards to the accident and will work with you to determine your options.
Source: knoxnews.com, "KPD releases names in fatal I-40 overnight crash," May 4, 2012