There are many factors that can contribute to the cause of a car accident. These can include alcohol, speeding, inattention and numerous other causes. When a driver is distracted or fails to obey the rules of the road while operating a motor vehicle in Tennessee, civil liability may apply regarding any injuries to car accident victims caused by that negligence.
On May 3 a car accident occurred on I-40 near Strawberry Plains around 11:30 p.m. Tennessee officials report that a man driving a Chrysler Sebring was heading eastbound on the Interstate with two passengers when he crossed the median, striking a semi truck head-on.
The driver of the Sebring was ejected and killed in the crash. The two passengers were injured and taken to local Tennessee hospitals where the nature of their injuries and further medical condition was not disclosed at the request of their families. The tractor-trailer driver was taken to UT Medical center where he received medical treatment before being discharged.
Police are continuing to investigate this terrible crash. As they continue their work, they may be able to determine the exact cause of the car accident. Of particular interest will likely be what caused the Sebring driver to lose control of the vehicle. They assert currently that alcohol as well as speeding may have contributed to the cause of the fatal collision.
The victims who survived this accident may be looking at long recovery times and an uncertain future. As with many car accidents, it is too early to make conclusions about what occurred or who may have been at fault in a manner that caused or contributed to the fatal collision. While alcohol and speed are suspected, the parties and their families will have to await the results of the official police investigation. At this point, it can only be hoped the families all find the strength to cope as they deal with the aftermath of this shocking incident while also perhaps assessing their rights and options under Tennessee law.
Source: WBIR, “Alcohol, speeding suspected in late night fatal crash,” May 4, 2012