Reaching for an object in the passenger seat while driving can be hazardous, as it forces drivers to take their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road, even if only for a second. This moment of distraction increases the risk a collision will occur, and trucking accidents involving similar circumstances can have disastrous results. One man was injured after his vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer during a recent collision in Tennessee.
According to reports, the incident occurred on a recent Tuesday evening as both vehicles were traveling south on a local highway. While traveling behind another vehicle, police advised that the driver of a tractor-trailer reached over to grab a hands-free headset to answer a phone call. While attempting to answer the call, his truck suddenly collided with the back of the other vehicle.
Authorities say the other driver suffered injuries in the crash and advised that he was transported to a nearby medical facility soon thereafter. They have also advised that the driver of the tractor-trailer was issued a citation for following too closely. Those who suffer harm due to the negligent actions of another driver may wish to pursue restitution in civil court, but even if the other driver is deemed at fault, the process can still be intimidating.
Trucking accidents run the unfortunate risk of ending in disaster. Those who suffer serious injuries in such an incident may wish to know more about the next steps to take to pursue accountability, and they could benefit from seeking legal counsel for advice. A personal injury attorney can examine the accident and help a client in Tennessee prepare to pursue the full amount of compensation deserved through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.