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Tennessee crash on I-24 leaves 1 dead over Thanksgiving holiday

A multi-vehicle accident has left one person dead and another person severely injured on Nov. 26 just before midnight. The accident occurred on the on the I-24 eastbound, heading towards Chatanooga, and Sam Ridley Parkway. The driver of a 2007 Chrysler 300 had pulled over to the far right lane at the eastbound exit near the merge lane. His vehicle was rear-ended by a 1989 Honda Accord. The driver of the Chrysler exited his vehicle to inspect the damage but was then struck by a 2004 Ford Escape, which had attempted to swerve out of the way to avoid colliding with the Accord. The driver of the Chrysler died at the scene. The driver of the Ford Escape then proceeded to slide across the remaining lanes and collided with the median barrier. The number of vehicles involved increased by two when the Ford Escape was struck by both a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and a 2005 Ford Focus.

Automobile accidents are by far the leading cause of death in both the United States and in Tennessee. Many auto fatal auto accidents are caused because of drunk driving and texting while driving. However, multi-vehicle accidents can be just as fatal and cause other serious injuries. The cause of most auto accidents is due to a negligent driver or a distracted driver. Many times, drivers do not pay attention to traffic and frequently take their eyes off the road. As a result, they can cause a serious accident such as a head-on collision.

If an individual or a family member is hurt in an auto accident or the extent of the injuries are fatal as a result of that accident, then the victim may wish to hire a personal injury attorney. As a result of the injuries or loss of life, victims or family members can incur extremely expensive medical bills, vehicle damage or lost wages due to unpaid time missed from employment. A personal injury attorney could help a client get awarded compensation. They could help to ensure that the driver-at-fault's insurance company replaces the vehicle and pays for medical bills and lost wages. In the event that someone is involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, an attorney could ensure that the at-fault driver is held liable.

Source: WGNS, "One-Killed In Multi-Vehicle I-24 Crash Late Wednesday", November 27, 2014

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