A tragic accident in which an 18-year-old girl died and her two passengers were injured happened on a recent Tuesday afternoon in August. The accident led to the closure of a Tennessee highway and the redirection of traffic through a nearby town. The truck accident, which was allegedly caused by reckless driving, happened just before 1:30 p.m.
The 18-year-old driver of a car was northbound, travelling in the left lane of the highway, when a Volvo semi-truck traveling south made a left turn striking the car. The girl was trapped in the car. Two passengers, a man and an infant, were injured. The extent of their injuries is not known.
Bystanders immediately started to help getting the passengers out of the smoking car. When officials from the rescue services and police arrived on the scene, the man was found lying on the road. The driver was trapped in her car, and the top part of her car had to be cut off in an attempt to save her life. The truck driver was not injured in the accident. Police are considering filing criminal charges against him.
Irrespective of the outcome of the criminal charges, the family of the deceased Tennessee girl may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the truck driver and his employer. Although little information is available regarding the extent of the injuries of the two passengers, personal injury claims may follow, should the injuries suffered in the truck accident be of a serious nature. Damages may be awarded to the victims and their families if the evidence proves that negligent driving by the truck driver was the root cause of the truck accident.
Source: therogersvillereview.com, “18-year-old dies in 11W crash on Tuesday“, Wade Littleton, Aug. 8, 2014