In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, Tennessee investigators often work for days, weeks, or longer, to determine exactly what or who may have caused it. This is most often the case when a crash results in severe injuries or a fatality. Investigators are still working on a case involving two tractor-trailers that occurred on a recent Wednesday afternoon.
The big rigs collided head-on, in the westbound lane. Details regarding what caused one of the trucks to be headed the wrong way have not yet been provided. The impact of the crash ignited a massive fireball, which caused the highway to be shut down near mile marker 44 for hours.
The collision had tragic results
When two tractor-trailers collide head-on, the force of the impact can have disastrous results for the occupants of the vehicles or anyone in the vicinity at the time. Sadly, this incident resulted in a fatality, as well as injuries to several other people. Similar collisions that have occurred on Tennessee highways in the past have led to litigation in civil courts.
Recovering victims and family members of decedents can file legal claims
Crash analysts often determine that head-on collisions were caused by driver negligence. If that is the case, anyone who suffered injuries in the crash is able to seek financial recoveryfor their losses by filing a personal injury claim in a Tennessee civil court. In cases of fatality, an immediate family member of a deceased victim may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of his or her loved one. It is always a good idea to seek legal consultation before heading to court because this type of litigation is complex and can also be emotionally distressing for those involved. Having an experienced attorney by one’s side in court may help alleviate stress and increases the chances of obtaining a favorable result.