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Dump truck hits minivan, causes injury

Truck accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries and deaths than accidents involving smaller, less heavy vehicles. Vehicles like commercial trucks or semi-trucks are often times used to transport heavy loads that render them highly destructive forces in accidents. Because of this, truck drivers need to exercise extreme caution on the road and there are certain laws that only apply to truck drivers.

A dump truck collided with a minivan recently on a Nashville highway. The cause of the accident is under investigation, but it appears as though the minivan was t-boned by the dump truck. According to witnesses on the scene, the driver of the dump truck seemed to be driving recklessly shortly before the crash. Four people were taken to a nearby hospital after suffering non-fatal injuries.

Any evidence of reckless driving can be used in court to pursue a negligence claim. If a truck driver -- or the company the driver works for -- failed in any way to exercise the care necessary to avoid injury, that driver can be proven negligent in court and thereby be at fault for the accident. When it's proven that a plaintiff's injuries resulted from a truck driver's lack of care, the victim can receive compensation for medical expenses, personal expenses or any other harm the truck accident may have caused.

In these cases, it is important that people understand their legal rights to compensation. There are certain legal deadlines to consider when filing a lawsuit, which makes contacting an attorney right away after an accident occurs even more important.

Source: News Channel 5, "Four Hurt In Crash Involving Dump Truck, Minivan," Oct. 24, 2013

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