Authorities in Tennessee have reported that the driver of a pickup truck was killed in a chain-reaction accident on March 2. The man died after his vehicle was rear-ended while it was stationary at an intersection in Murfreesboro. There were no immediate reports regarding what factors may have contributed to the collision, and police say that their investigation into the incident is ongoing. The crash took place at the intersection of Airport Road and Memorial Boulevard shortly after noon.
According to police, the pickup truck was waiting at the intersection behind two other vehicles when it was struck from behind by a large dump truck. The force of the impact crushed the pickup truck and propelled it into the car in front of it, which then struck a second car in an adjacent lane. A witness to the fatal accident likened the sound of the crash to a bomb going off.
A helicopter was called in by emergency response personnel to transport the badly injured pickup truck driver to an area medical facility, but he later succumbed to his injuries. The drivers of the dump truck and the two cars escaped the accident without serious injury. The accident led to Memorial Boulevard being closed to traffic for several hours as first responders and maintenance crews went about their duties.
While accidents involving large commercial vehicles such as this one are sometimes caused by mechanical failure, a distracted, fatigued or impaired driver is frequently to blame. Families who lose a loved one in this type of collision may be able to pursue civil remedies, and a personal injury attorney could file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. This litigation may be brought against the truck driver involved or the company that owns the vehicle. A trucking company may face civil sanctions if the accident was caused by inadequate maintenance or a failure to adhere to federal rules that limit the amount of time that commercial vehicle operators may spend behind the wheel.
Source: WSMV.com, "1 person killed in multi-vehicle crash in Murfreesboro," Kara Apel and Kimberly Curth, March 3, 2015