When a motorist loses control of his or her vehicle on an icy roadway that does not mean that he or she is off the hook for liability to others injured in the accident. For example, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported an accident recently in which a 29-year-old man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle on an icy road, crossed over into the oncoming lane and struck another vehicle. After investigations are completed and the facts fleshed out, it may be established that the driver acted negligently by driving too fast for conditions or otherwise failing to exercise due care under the circumstances. Such findings may make a deceased driver's estate liable for a personal injury sustained by another person as a result of his or her negligence.
Tennessee had some unusually bad weather and icy roadways early in the week. On Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, a 34-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son were hit and killed by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 65. The woman had stopped her vehicle and was walking with her son to help the occupants of an SUV that had rolled over in front of them. They were hit and killed by a passing tractor-trailer. An investigation by the authorities will look into whether the truck driver had been guilty of negligent driving.
A recent bus accident in Tennessee illustrates a few basic rules of negligence law. The accident occurred on Feb. 6 on Highway 11 near Calloway Road. One person died and three others suffered personal injury after a head-on collision occurred between a Loudon County school bus and a small SUV.
Overcorrecting the steering of a vehicle which has begun to go off the road can sometimes make a dangerous situation even worse. Such was apparently the case in a recent Tennessee car crash. Ultimately, the tragedy left one young man dead and three car occupants injured. The accident occurred at an intersection on Highway 100 in Hickman County.