A Tennessee semi truck accident that claimed several lives results in the truck driver facing multiple counts of reckless aggravated assault and vehicular homicide. The driver was on duty for 50 consecutive hours in the three days leading up to the June 2015 crash, trucking accident lawyers note.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a semi truck, 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 trucking accident lawyer.
Truck Driver Faces Multiple Charges
According to The Times Free Press, the crash occurred after the driver had been on the road for 15 hours the day of the accident. During the three days prior to the accident, the driver had spent 50 straight hours on duty, and he had also experienced a minor accident in Florida. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the fatigued driver struck seven stationary vehicles, causing fatal injuries to six people.
The driver, who was eventually arrested in Kentucky, initially faced charges in that state as well as Tennessee. However, authorities in Kentucky later dropped the charges, and the man signed a waiver of extradition. Once he is transferred to Tennessee, he will face various criminal charges for his role in the accident, including multiple counts of reckless aggravated assault and vehicular homicide, the website reported.
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Trucking 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 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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