Families of victims of truck accidents in Tennessee have options

When truck accidents occur in Tennessee, the parties involved may sustain wounds that run the gamut from mild to severe. In cases involving only injuries, victims may choose to file lawsuits against the parties they believe acted negligently. However, many people may not realize that when truck accidents result in the deaths of the allegedly negligent parties, victims' families may still pursue compensation via claims filed against the estates of the allegedly guilty parties. A recent accident that took place on Interstate 24 is a prime example of an event in which the allegedly negligent party succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident. 

On a Tuesday morning in early December, a semi truck carrying pallets reportedly veered off the side of the road and crossed into the median. Unfortunately, it did not stop in the median. It continued into the path of oncoming traffic where it collided with another tractor-trailer.

The collision caused a number of explosions. The result was an enormous fire that engulfed the trucks and closed Interstate 24 for most of the day. Authorities reported that neither of the semi-truck drivers survived the incident.

Even though both drivers were killed in the Tennessee accident, the family members of the driver of the second tractor-trailer may choose to file a wrongful death suit against the other driver's estate if they believe that his negligence caused the loss of their loved one. If the courts decide in favor of the victim's family members, they may be awarded compensation. While wrongful death compensation awarded after truck accidents cannot ease the pain family members feel, it can sometimes provide financial stability for their futures.

Source: tennessean.com, "I-24 re-opened after fatal crash", Adam Tamburin, Dec. 2, 2014

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