Driving a semi-truck can be difficult and dangerous. Because of the hazards posed by these massive vehicles, their drivers must go through driving school and obtain a special license. Though one would think this additional training would make these drivers safe, that is not always the case. Truckers can drive while fatigued, speed, fail to stop when necessary and neglect to check their blind spots. Such negligence can cause serious injuries to Tennessee's motorists.
A truck accident occurred recently on I-40 in West Knox County when a trucker switched lanes without seeing a car there. The truck crushed the car between itself and a concrete barrier. The car's driver was lucky to survive, but was still taken to the hospital with injuries. The truck's driver was charged for failing to exercise due care.
Though the victim in this tractor-trailer crash was lucky to escape with only minor injuries, others are not so fortunate. Oftentimes, such a wreck leaves the victim with serious, life-altering injuries, including permanent disability. Sometimes these wrecks prove fatal. In either instance, a victim or his or her surviving family will incur not only physical harm, but emotional and financial damage as well.
Filing a lawsuit against a truck driver, the truck owner and the truck company for which the driver works may be the best way to attempt to recover these damages. To succeed, a plaintiff must prove negligence and causation, legal elements that require supporting evidence. An attorney can be powerful in these complex cases, and he or she will fight for the compensation an accident victim deserves. If a case is won, then the plaintiff may be awarded money for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses. Then, the victim and his or her family can focus and getting life back on track.
Source: WBIR, "Driver survives when car was crushed between truck, barrier," Jan. 30, 2014