The massive size of 18-wheelers makes them dangerous. A slight slipup that may be easily correctable in a car may be disastrous in a big rig. And because of their immense weight, an accident involving a semi-truck and be devastating, not only destroying a victim's vehicle, but also causing serious physical harm to the victim him or herself.
When a pedestrian is struck by a semi-truck, the results can be deadly. This happened recently in West Knox County when a man who was walking near an Ii-40 ramp was hit by a truck trying to merge onto the Interstate. The driver has not been charged with any criminal offenses, but that does not mean the deceased's surviving family members cannot file a lawsuit against the trucker in an effort to recover damages.
While criminal charges require proof beyond a reasonable doubt in order to reach a conviction, a civil lawsuit only requires a plaintiff to show his or her claim by a preponderance of the evidence. This means if the plaintiff's case is more likely right than the defendant's, then he or she may win and recover compensation. Such awards can be pivotal to a truck accident victim and his or her family.
Money obtained from a lawsuit against a truck owner, truck company, and/or a truck driver can help cover many losses. Amongst these losses are pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses. If the victim dies in the tractor-trailer crash, then his or her surviving family might also be able to recover funeral costs and loss of companionship.
Truck drivers must be careful on the roadways. When they fail to do so, innocent Tennessee residents can be severely injured or killed. If this happens, the victim and his or her family should speak with a Knoxville attorney to discover what legal steps they can take to make the best of a terrible situation.
Source: WBIR, "Pedestrian killed in I-40 accident identified," Feb. 18, 2014