Two vehicles driven by Tennessee citizens collided on Hwy 76 near the I-65 Interchange in White House on Aug. 22 at about 9 p.m. Three people suffered personal injury in the violent two-vehicle crash that totaled both a one-ton pickup truck and an SUV. It appears that the SUV had slowed on the highway in order to turn onto the ramp entrance to I-65.
A 78-year-old Tennessee teacher who retired in 2002 after 40 years of teaching passed away in the hospital on a recent Monday. His death from car accident injuries came one day after he was a passenger in a car that was involved in a head-on collision. The deceased man's wife and her sister were treated in the same hospital, and their conditions were reportedly stable.
One thing that ruffles many drivers is when a vehicle off to the side of the highway reenters the roadway without sufficiently accounting for the safety of others already traveling on the highway. That kind of problem caused a fatal accident in Tennessee on Interstate 640 near Knoxville recently. A car crash occurred when a Toyota car pulled onto the highway from the shoulder of the road.
The basic negligence rules governing vehicular accidents are generally the same in all jurisdictions. Certain accidents that fall within the heart of a negligence principle will almost invariably be determined to have the same liability attributions in each similar accident. Conversely, when there are discrepancies in the details of what happened, issues of liability may arise that are not so easy to resolve. With respect to car accidents, one of the basic negligence principles in Tennessee and elsewhere is that the operator of a vehicle that enters into the right-of-way of another vehicle is at fault.