Under Tennessee law, when the driver of a vehicle negligently causes a traffic accident, he or she cannot collect third party tort damages from other operators who were without fault. The driver's negligent driving, however, does not preclude the passengers in that vehicle from collecting damages from the driver. That is the case in a fatal accident that occurred recently on Highway 111 when a driver and his passenger were killed in a collision with a tractor trailer.
Tractor-trailer trucks loaded with logs are fairly common in some areas of Tennessee. Truck accidents involving a log truck can sometimes cause grievous damage to property and serious injury or death to persons involved. This recently happened on Highway 218 about one mile east of Paris when an SUV operated by a 70-year-old man from Buchanan crashed head-on into a log truck.
Many lives are lost on roads nationwide, including in Tennessee, as the result of truck drivers and their employers violating safety regulations for commercial trucks. In June, negligent driving by a fatigued commercial truck driver caused an accident on Interstate 75 in Tennessee that involved several vehicles. Six people lost their lives in that accident.
Whether in Tennessee or any other state, tragic results are virtually guaranteed when a pickup truck crashes into a tractor trailer head-on in a vehicle accident on a state highway. It happened recently on Highway 54 near Brownsville when a pickup that was traveling eastbound crossed the center line and crashed into a tractor trailer heading westbound. The pickup driver, a 60-year-old female whose apparent negligent driving remains unexplained at this time, died in the crash.
In Tennessee and all other states, whenever a vehicle rear ends another vehicle, it is usually determined to be negligent driving. Even when the first vehicle slows down or comes to a sudden stop due to traffic ahead, the driver of the second vehicle is considered to be engaged in negligent driving. The driver is considered negligent for not keeping a proper distance under the circumstances and for not keeping a proper lookout ahead.
Tennessee had some unusually bad weather and icy roadways early in the week. On Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, a 34-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son were hit and killed by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 65. The woman had stopped her vehicle and was walking with her son to help the occupants of an SUV that had rolled over in front of them. They were hit and killed by a passing tractor-trailer. An investigation by the authorities will look into whether the truck driver had been guilty of negligent driving.
There are numerous highways traveling through Tennessee, and local drivers can expect to encounter trucks on both the main highways and smaller thoroughfares. Drivers in the region may be interested to know that the fatalities of truck-related accidents increased from 2011 to 2012. The information is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to authorities, two people were killed and one was injured in a collision involving two tractor-trailers on Dec. 2 in Nashville on Interstate 24. The collision occurred just after 5 a.m. when one of the tractor-trailers that was heading eastbound crossed over the grass median, slamming into a FedEx truck. The crash caused both vehicles to burst into flames, killing both drivers on westbound Interstate 24 just north of downtown Nashville.
A Donelson woman was killed and her family's house totaled when a tractor-trailer loaded with pumpkins ran off the road, through several yards and into the residence, killing the sleeping woman. The other occupants of the home were reportedly uninjured in the Oct. 8 crash.
Tennessee residents may have heard that on Sep. 26, an accident on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma resulted in the deaths of four college students and several others injured. The wreck occurred when a trucker working for Quickway Transportation, a Tennessee trucking company, crossed over into oncoming traffic lanes. The semi then crashed into the side of a North Central Texas College's softball team bus. Three of the student athletes were pronounced dead at the scene, and another was transported to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries. Multiple helicopters and 11 ambulances responded to the crash.