Due to their massive size, crashes involving tractor-trailers and semis are often devastating. Serious injuries and significant damage to other vehicles are quite common in these types of collisions. Sadly, many trucking accidents result not just in injured victims but in fatalities.
A recent trucking accident on Highway 412 proved to be a deadly example of this. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the fatal crash occurred when a man's vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor trailer. The 70-year-old was turning his pickup truck into a driveway when a tractor-trailer following behind him collided with his vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle was apparently not wearing a seat belt when the collision occurred and was killed in the crash. A male passenger, also 70 years old, was injured. The 54-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was reportedly uninjured.
In trucking accidents such as this, the truck driver may potentially find himself facing one or more civil lawsuits. The injured passenger may choose to file a personal injury claim against the truck driver, as well as the trucking company. Any monetary damages awarded in such a case could be used toward resulting medical expenses, lost time at work and other documented damages, including the victim's pain and suffering. The family of the deceased man also has the right to explore their options for pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucker and his employer. In Tennessee, attorneys in the Clarksville area have experience in litigating cases involving commercial vehicles and could prove invaluable in a fight for just compensation.