The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that a three-car accident in Hamblen County during the morning hours of April 7 claimed the life of two motorists and left one injured. After an initial car crash involving two vehicles, a third vehicle, a tractor-trailer, struck a vehicle that had been disabled due to the original accident.
According to reports, the stalled car was parked in the north lane of the highway in a crosswise position. Two passengers and the driver were inside the car when the tractor-trailer truck crashed into the left side of the vehicle where the driver, a 29-year-old Morristown man, was seated.
On impact, authorities said, the driver and one of the two passengers, a 32-year-old Morristown woman, died. Another passenger, a 27-year-old man also from Morristown, received injuries. The truck driver was unhurt. Motorists were unable to use both lanes of the interstate where the accident occurred for several hours, according to the Department of Transportation and THP. An alternate route was provided for traffic instead while the roadway was being cleared.
Tennessee families who have lost a loved one due to a car accident understand the hardship involved in such a loss. In addition to experiencing emotional pain from the loss, the deceased’s surviving family members may also face economical hardships, especially if the deceased was a parent or a spouse who was a provider for the household.
However, if the accident was due to another driver’s carelessness or negligence, that driver may be held liable for compensating the family for economic and noneconomic damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. In a hypothetical claim based on this particular case, an attorney might examine reasons why the truck driver was unable to take steps to avoid the collision. It may be possible that the truck driver drove for more hours than allowed by federal law within a certain time period leading up to the accident and was fatigued.
Source: WBIR, “Victims in I-81 crash survived 1st accident, died in 2nd”, April 07, 2014