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Driver killed in violent head-on collision

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

It’s terrifying for a Tennessee driver to suddenly see another vehicle heading straight for them. Head-on collisions are some of the deadliest types of crashes. Usually, head-on collisions are the result of driver error. When two vehicles are heading straight for each other at high speeds, drivers have little time to react. 

Wrong-way driver 

A recent head-on crash along a well-traveled roadway in Cookeville left one driver dead and another facing charges. The accident happened during the morning hours along Interstate 40. According to accident reports, a pickup truck pulling an enclosed trailer was headed east on I-40 when the driver lost control and went through the median and into the westbound lanes. 

Reports said the pickup truck crashed head-on into a westbound SUV. Tragically, the driver of the SUV was killed. Reportedly, the driver of the pickup truck and a 15-year-old passenger suffered undisclosed injuries. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, charges are pending against the driver of the pickup. While the expected charges were not specified, the fact that the pickup truck driver had a minor in his vehicle with him could add to the severity of the charges – in addition to the fact that the crash was fatal. 

Options for victims 

Driving in the wrong direction should be a hard mistake to make. Yet, wrong-way drivers cause hundreds of accidents every year. In Tennessee, those who are injured or suffer the loss of a loved one due to another driver’s negligence have certain legal options that may help them. An experienced lawyer can assist victims and families with filing a claim that could result in monetary damages.