On April 14, a 21-year-old Smyrna woman was fatally injured when a big rig collided with her car on State Route 840 in Smyrna, according to reports. No one else was injured in the accident.
Highway officials say the collision happened around 7:45 a.m. when a 55-year-old Bartlett man driving a big rig in the fast lane of the highway suddenly lost control of his truck and swerved off the highway and into the median. The truck then drove into the opposite lane, where it smashed into an oncoming sports car. The car's driver instantly died when she was hurled from her vehicle in the impact, which tore her car in half.
According to authorities, the victim was wearing her seat belt. However, the collision was so severe that it did not matter. Police allege that the truck driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, although results from a toxicology test were pending at the time of the news release.
Following a fatal tractor-trailer accident, a victim's grieving family members might consider holding the truck driver responsible for their actions by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court. In order for a plaintiff to win the lawsuit, however, there must be proof showing that the truck driver's negligent conduct caused the fatal wreck. For example, information from the official police report and witness accounts might reveal that the accident occurred because of the truck driver's speed, carelessness or inattentiveness. Moreover, if the truck driver was driving past the legal amount of hours, their fatigue could have caused the wreck, which could be grounds for negligence. Plaintiffs who prevail in wrongful death claims are usually compensated for losses stemming from the accident, including medical and funeral expenses, property damage and other final expenses.
Source: WGNS, "Update: One woman killed in State Route 840 Crash on Tuesday," April 15, 2015