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.
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.
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.
Behind the big shoulder pads, victories and tackles of the professional football players in the NFL are real stories. They have real families, homes. Some have real tragedy in their lives. This week, Vikings running back Matt Asiata lost his father in a fatal motor vehicle accident.
All motor vehicle accidents are scary. When a collision involves a tractor-trailer on one side of it, however, the devastation caused in the incident can be immeasurable.