In Tennessee and elsewhere, it is unfortunately true that accidents involving an out-of-control vehicle are common events. When a driver loses control and crosses the highway, then enters into the oncoming lanes of traffic, that driver will virtually always be considered to have been negligent. Generally, any accident that occurs will be that driver's fault, and any personal injury suffered by innocent victims will be his or her legal responsibility.
The tragedies involving death and personal injury that occur when people drive carelessly on the highways bring untold human suffering that could have been prevented with some common sense and a measure of attention. A recent car crash in Tennessee on Interstate 24 is another heartbreaking tragedy that severed the joy of a close family in a split second. A 33-year-old female from Murfreesboro was reportedly speeding on the interstate near Smyrna when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed the center lane and crashed into and killed a 13-year-old boy who was helping his mother change a flat tire, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
In Tennessee and all other states, it is almost always negligence for an operator of a vehicle to rear-end another vehicle stopped ahead in the roadway. A vehicle can be stopped for a number of reasons: it may be waiting in a line of traffic, it may be disabled or it may have stopped to avoid hitting an animal or to allow an animal to get to safety. It is typically not a defense to a claim of damages for injury or death from a rear-end car crash that the rear-ended vehicle stopped for an improper reason.
A tragic mistake resulted in two people dead in a bizarre mishap in Tennessee on the morning of March 25 on I-40 near Hermitage. A 22-year-old man was driving a Dodge Neon with four passengers when the group apparently decided to get off the road and take a nap. It turned out that they had stopped in the far left lane of the interstate and not on the shoulder, which caused a car crash that left two passengers in the Neon dead and one passenger alive but fighting for his life.