Semi-trucks play an important part in our economy. They haul groceries, electronics and construction goods across the country. Despite their importance, these massive vehicles pose dangers to others when not driven safely. With little to protect them from the size of these vehicles, those who are hit by a truck can be seriously injured or killed.
Sadly, a Tennessee pedestrian is dead after being hit by a dump truck near the Middle Tennessee State University campus. The pedestrian was seriously injured and, though rushed to the hospital, he or she died shortly thereafter. The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation, but it is important in these types of accidents to consider whether or not negligence played a role.
If negligence causes a truck accident, or any accident for that matter, then the victim may be able to recover compensation for his or her damages. A Knoxville attorney can help assess whether negligence exists and, if a claim moves forward, will work in attempt to prove negligence caused the injurious or fatal accident.
A successful case may bring a victim much needed compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and, in the event of death, funeral costs. An attorney will fight to maximize this competition and, in an effort to do so, may name the truck driver and the truck company in the lawsuit. If the driver was negligent and caused the accident while within his scope of employment, then the company that hired him or her may also be held liable.
A tractor-trailer crash is often very serious and preventable. When an individual is injured in one of these wrecks, he or she should not hesitate to act on his or her rights in an attempt to regain a normal life.
Source: The Daily News Journal, "Person in wheelchair killed in dump truck accident near MTSU," Christopher Merchant, Jan. 24, 2014