Most of Knoxville's residents know the important role trucks play in our economy. They carry massive amounts of good from warehouses to stores, carry personal belongings when individuals move, and help homebuilders obtain their supplies. However, despite the good these trucks do, they still pose a threat to motorists on the road, particularly when a truck driver in inattentive or otherwise negligent behind the wheel. When a driver acts in this fashion, the sheer size of his or her rig can cause catastrophic damage, severe injuries, and even death.
Charges are pending against one driver after he caused a serious truck accident in Knoxville. The wreck occurred when a tractor-trailer sideswiped a flatbed truck on an overpass, sending the flatbed over a guard rail and crashing to the road below. The driver of the flatbed was airlifted to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition. The accident investigation continues, but charges are expected against the errant driver.
Recovering from an accident like this can be one of the hardest things an individual can experience. Broken bones, torn ligaments and muscles, and deep cuts and bruises can leave an individual in excessive pain and unable to the daily things he or she loves. In far too many cases, victims are left with a permanent disability. To make matters worse, truck accident victims also succumb to lost wages from being unable to work and lost wages. The stress of such a situation can be unbearable.
Fortunately, relief may be found through a personal injury lawsuit against a truck driver, truck owner, and or the truck company. To succeed, a victim, oftentimes assisted by an attorney, must show the defendant's negligence caused the tractor-trailer crash, which ultimately resulted in the victim's injuries. Compensation may then be awarded based on the victim's amount of damages, which may include lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. It is best to fight these claims as vigorously as possible to let the trucking companies know that hiring and properly training safe drivers should be their number one priority.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, "Charges pending in crash that sent truck over bridge rail," Don Jacobs, May 21, 2014