With summer often comes extensive road construction throughout Tennessee and the United States as a whole. Though pivotal in keeping roadways safe, construction zones can also pose a significant hazard to motorists. Sudden drops in speed limits, lane closures, and lane narrowing requires every driver's utmost attention. Those who fail to act accordingly can slam into other vehicles, leaving a wake of devastation.
One such wreck happened recently on Interstate 75 near Chattanooga. According to reports, vehicles had slowed for a construction zone, but a semi-truck failed to follow suit, slamming into nine vehicles. Witnesses say they saw vehicles spin and catch fire. The truck accident left six people dead and several more injured. Though the investigation is ongoing, one thing is for certain: several families will now have to find a way to cope with sudden and tragic loss of a loved one.
A fatal truck accident can leave a family reeling. The unexpected loss can leave them shocked, angry, and depressed. They may experience serious financial losses in the form of medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost wages, which can be quite significant, particularly if the deceased was the primary wage earner in the family. Additionally, the family may struggle with the reality that their loved one will no longer be there for emotional support, family events, and holidays.
Losing a loved one is never easy, and those who wind up in such a situation may try to look for a way to find stability. Though the legal system may seem daunting at a time of grief, it may be the best way to obtain relief, recover losses, and find a sense of justice. A winning lawsuit against a trucker, truck owner, and/or truck company may allow a family to recover a significant amount of compensation.
Source: WRCB, "UPDATE: Police release names of those involved in fatal accident on Interstate 75," June 27, 2015