A dangerous situation recently occurred on Interstate 40 in Putnam County. A driver pulled his sport utility vehicle off of the main highway and into the emergency vehicle lane. He exited his automobile on the SUV's passenger side. The reason for his exit from his vehicle is unknown.
While the driver of the SUV was out of his vehicle a truck traveling on I-40 crossed the center line of the highway and collided with the parked SUV. The truck rear-ended the SUV and the impact of the collision caused the driver of the SUV and the driver of the truck to suffer serious injuries.
Both individuals were flown by life-flight transportation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the treatment of their injuries. The status of their health is unknown at this time and the severity of the incident forced Tennessee law enforcement officials to close the highway for several hours.
When serious accidents such as this occur it can be imperative for the victims to not only seek treatment for their physical harm but to also consider their legal rights and responsibilities toward the role they played in the accident. Facts can prove or disprove a victim's claim for damages against another party and often the presentation of facts during the litigation process will be a determining factor in whether a victim recovers what they lost.
Any reports or data collected by accident investigations from incidents such as the one discussed in this post can provide victims and their legal counselors with the information they need to build strong cases. Readers who have suffered losses in car accidents may wish to discuss their own cases with personal injury attorneys to both understand their rights and discuss their options for pursuing compensation for their losses.
Source: fox17.com, "Driver flown to the hospital after crash shuts down I-40 Eastbound in Putnam Co.", Katie Grunik, June 20, 2017