Whether a commercial trucking company failed to properly adhere to regulations and adequately perform a background check on an employee responsible for a multi-fatality crash, will soon be decided in a Hamilton County courtroom. A Tennessee semi accident attorney is representing the family of one of the six people killed in the crash. Court documents allege that the truck driver had exceeded service hours and was under the influence of drugs when he plowed into vehicles stopped at a construction zone.
If you were injured, or a loved one killed, in a semi truck accident, contact Attorney Group for Tennessee today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated truck accident lawyer.
Tennessee Semi Accident Attorney Seeks $32 Million for Family
A semi truck driver and a trucking company face claims of negligence and federal commercial work-hour violations, according to the Times Free Press. In June 2015, one of the company’s trucks plowed through a construction zone, killing six people and causing injuries to 12. An investigation into the incident reportedly revealed that the truck driver had allegedly been behind the wheel for 15 straight hours, was under the influence of unspecified drugs, and had been working for almost two days, uninterrupted, before the collision occurred.
The lawsuit, filed by the estate of one of the deceased crash victims, is the third filed against the trucking company and truck driver as a result of the accident. It is the first to include a wrongful death charge as the other two lawsuits were filed by injured victims from the accident. Combined, the lawsuits are seeking over $32 million, the website reported.
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, fatal accidents may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.
Drivers or passengers who are injured in semi truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from an injury
If a driver or passenger is killed in a semi truck accident, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of relationship or financial support of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering or a loved one prior to death
People who have been injured in a trucking accident are advised to seek a qualified Tennessee semi truck accident attorney to help them protect their legal rights.
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If you have been injured, or a loved one killed in a semi truck accident, contact Attorney Group for Tennessee to learn more about your options. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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