Driver apologizes for deadly Tennessee truck accident

Whenever there is an accident involving multiple vehicles, the scene can be confusing and devastating. In the case of a semi-truck accident, the aftermath can be even more devastating for all involved. A recent truck accident in Tennessee took the life of a woman and her boyfriend, leading to charges for the driver and an apology to the victims' families.

The truck driver has claimed the accident occurred after he dropped something on the floor as he was driving. He reached for it and was then unable to stop before hitting the cars in front of him. He then changed his story later on and said a vehicle pulled out in front of him and he was unable to avoid hitting the cars. Whichever account is true, the accident resulted in the truck tipping over onto its side and two vehicles becoming engulfed in flames.

A 25-year-old woman and her 28-year-old boyfriend were killed in the crash and there was a total of nine cars involved. In criminal court, the truck driver was found guilty of not exercising due care and failing to yield for his role in the deadly collision. He offered an apology to the victims' families in court.

While the family of the woman killed in the truck accident has sought justice through the criminal court system and expressed an ability to forgive the driver, in cases like this they may have cause to seek further action through a civil complaint. A civil complaint of wrongful death in a Tennessee civil court can seek monetary compensation for the families of victims. If successful, any awarded damages could help families pay for medical bills, lost wages or other costs associated with losing their loved ones.

Source: murfreesboropost.com, "Truck driver who caused deadly crash apologizes to family on The Murfreesboro Post", Sam Stockard, March 28, 2014

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