Another wrong-way driver has apparently caused a deadly accident in Tennessee. The multi-vehicle car crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 40 on Saturday, May 16. The suspected wrong-way driver is believed to have entered the highway at the westbound exit at Old Hickory in west Nashville while traveling in an easterly direction.
If a driver fleeing from police gets into an accident, it's a good bet that he or she was driving negligently or recklessly. However, the cause of a car crash in Tennessee must be investigated strictly on the facts of what happened and not solely on the condition or prior carelessness of either driver. The fact that the first driver was fleeing or impaired does not in itself allow for a conclusion that the driver is legally liable for injuries that may have occurred.
The appropriate type of civil lawsuit to file against a negligent driver for causing death in a traffic accident is called a wrongful death action. The family of the deceased must file an estate in the person's county of residence, and it is the estate that files against the person or persons who are liable to pay compensation. Death claims in Tennessee and elsewhere can be significant, particularly where there may be an extended amount of lost wages or lost earning capacity over the lifetime of a younger victim.
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.
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.
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.
There is a continuing debate in Tennessee regarding the usefulness of red-light cameras. One member of the legislature plans to try and have them outlawed, whereas other interested persons claim that the devices help to increase driver safety and reduce the number of car accidents. Some cities in Tennessee use the cameras to ticket those who run red lights, and other cities use them to ticket speeders.
According to Tennessee law enforcement officials, a Knoxville traffic accident on Dec. 18 killed the 40-year-old driver of a 2003 Toyota. The Interstate 40 accident took place near Lovell Road around 3:58 a.m.
A Tennessee woman is facing a raft of charges, including DUI and two counts of vehicular assault, for her role in a May 2013 accident that left two Montgomery County teens severely injured. The woman's jury trial began on Nov. 17, and her attorney has said that she is likely to take the stand. Police say that the woman admitted to taking Oxycontin tablets minutes before the crash. The car accident occurred on Highway 48/13 south of Clarksville on May 16, 2013, shortly before 7 a.m.
A 41-year-old West Virginia man who was responsible for a crash that injured two Tennessee women is being charged by police with DUI and aggravated assault. The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the intersection of West State Street and Route 126 in Bristol.