A 63-year-old tractor-trailer driver reportedly struck a Tennessee Department of Transportation utility truck on Interstate 24 around 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 4. The accident occurred in Manchester when two TDOT employees decided to turn on a flashing sign instructing other drivers to move over because of an accident further down the interstate. However, the driver of the tractor-trailer failed to move over and consequently slammed into the back of the TDOT truck, pushing it into a rock wall before it jack-knifed and hit the wall itself.
Both of the TDOT workers, ages 50 and 54, were injured in the accident and flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. One of the men was treated and discharged, and the other was in stable condition one day after the incident. The tractor-trailer driver was reportedly injured but not transported to the hospital.
When tractor trailer accidents occur, a full investigation is usually required to determine who was at fault. If the tractor-trailer driver in this case did not follow road regulations, then he could be held liable for damages. If improper maintenance or defective auto parts caused the accident, then the truck owner or parts manufacturer may be liable.
When a car accident leads to any type of injuries, the victims may be entitled to compensation. They could file a civil claim against the responsible parties or their insurance companies. After a completed investigation, the accident report can provide support to a civil claim, as it will usually outline which party or parties were responsible for causing the accident.
Source: WKRN, “2 TDOT workers flown to Vanderbilt after serious crash on I-24”, September 05, 2014