Large commercial vehicles such as semis, tankers and other big rigs often require their drivers to hold special licenses in order to legally operate them. This is because large trucks do not handle in the same manner as smaller personal vehicles. As Tennessee residents may have noticed when on the road with big vehicles, those large automobiles can take longer to stop, longer to turn and require more space to maneuver.
Because of their massive lengths and weights big trucks can pose dangers to other vehicles that must share the roads with them. Recently in the state two individuals were hurt in what authorities believe to have been an accident with a large truck. The incident happened on Interstate 40 and resulted in an adult and a child being sent to regional hospitals with critical injuries.
Authorities will investigate this crash to learn exactly what went wrong to lead to such a violent incident. They will likely look into the actions of both the truck driver and the injured car driver to determine if either made any illegal or dangerous decisions that caused the crash to happen. They will investigate if the truck was well-maintained or if any road conditions could have contributed to the dangerous crash.
Once a cause is established the victims in this incident may have an opportunity to pursue their losses from the party or parties whose negligence led to their harm. Particularly if a problem with the truck or with their driver's conduct caused the crash they may be able to seek damages from the driver, truck owner, or others who made it possible for the truck to be on the road. Victims of truck accidents can benefit from speaking with personal injury attorneys so that they can better understand their legal rights and options in the wake of their losses.
Source: wreg.com, "Adult, child in critical condition after crash on I-40," Kelsey Ott, June 6, 2017