Car and truck accidents come in a variety of forms. Typically, when we think of a wreck, we think of two or more vehicles colliding. While this is certainly the most common form of accident, it is not the only way that an injurious or fatal accident can occur. Pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and even single-car crashes can prove devastating. In these instances, like in the aftermath of a wreck involving two or more vehicles, victims may be able to pursue a legal claim in hopes of recovering compensation for their damages.
One Tennessee family may need to do this now after a fatal truck accident. According to reports, a veteran was on the shoulder of I-75 sitting in his pickup truck, which was pulling a trailer with a motorcycle on it, when a semi-truck navigated out of its lane and struck his vehicle. The force of the impact was so powerful that it threw the trailer off the truck and sent both vehicles into the median. Both vehicles then caught fire. Although he was pulled from the wreckage, the veteran was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The trucker was transported to the hospital. Criminal charges are pending.
The sudden loss of a loved one under such circumstances can be truly heartbreaking. Surviving family members may struggle with the fact they will never be able to speak to their loved one, hear him laugh and spend quality time together. Additionally, they may struggle financially in the accident's aftermath, as medical expenses and lost wages can cause serious monetary problems.
Those who find themselves in these circumstances may be able to recoup their financial losses and hold accountable a negligent trucker and truck company. To do so, a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit will likely need to be filed.
Source: News Channel 9, "Deadly crash on I-75 in McMinn County claims life of veteran," Jeffrey Sholar, Oct. 15, 2016