The task of driving defensively is underplayed in Tennessee and throughout the country; however, significant numbers of lives might be saved each year if a bit more promotion would be devoted to that safety subject. It is crucial for a driver to anticipate bad things happening on the highway and to remain ever-vigilant in preparation to make a sudden necessary move away from an accident. Vigilance by a driver means looking out for the negligence of the other driver and taking defensive moves to save oneself and one’s passengers from an impending car crash.
Defensive driving, however, may have been of no use to one driver recently when a car on the opposite side of the highway became airborne and dropped down in front of her vehicle. This caused a spectacular and unavoidable collision that severely injured both drivers. A 56-year-old woman was driving her vehicle northbound in the left lane of Highway 111 when she reportedly lost control of her car and went into the median, where she struck a cement culvert, and became airborne only to land right in front of the other driver, a 50-year-old female, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Both drivers were apparently alone in their vehicles, and they both had to be extricated from the wreckage by first responders. They were both flown to medical centers for emergency treatment in separate helicopter ambulances that landed at the scene to transport them. Authorities do not blame alcohol or related impairment in the accident. What caused the first driver to lose control of her car is still under investigation.
Based on the reported facts, the driver of the vehicle that crossed into the median is the party at fault in this car crash. She will likely be held liable under Tennessee tort law for compensation of the other driver’s injuries. The injured party will be well advised to seek experienced personal injury counsel as soon as possible to maximize the prospects of receiving full economic compensation for her injuries. She may collect for pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent lost earning capacity, medical bills and other direct expenses.
Source: herald-citizen.com, “Two airlifted from Highway 111 wreck yesterday afternoon“, Tracey Hackett, Mar. 10, 2016