It is common for drivers to utilize various types of roads at all hours of the day and night. During the late night hours, individuals often note large trucks, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, traveling on the roadways most likely making a long distance shipment or delivery. While various regulations have been put in place in order to ensure the safety of the truck driver and others on the roadway, serious truck accident can occur. Whether it is due to fatigue, negligence or distractions, a truck accident could result in severe damage, serious injuries and even death.
Authorities in Nashville were recently dispatched to the scene of a shocking fatal truck crash. According to reports, a semi-truck crashed into a home. At the time of the incident, the residents of the dwelling were sleeping and a 66-year-old woman in the home was fatally injured and killed in the incident. The other tenants were not injured in the crash.
Police believe the trailer on the truck carrying 40,000 pounds of pumpkins began to wobble before the driver lost control, went off the roadway and crashed into the home. Investigation is still ongoing and authorities still have not confirmed the cause of the crash. If there was an issue with loading or maintenance of the truck, liability could be placed on the truck driver and the trucking company.
Following a truck accident, those affected should be aware of their recourses. Loved ones may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for the loss of their loved one. This could help cover expenses associated with the accident, such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, loss of companionship and other related damages.
A truck accident could result in tragedy and loved ones might find it challenging to cope with their loss. Furthermore, they might encounter financial hardships caused by the crash. Those affected should understand their legal remedies so they can take appropriate action and ensure their rights and interests are protected.
Source: WZTV, "Sleeping Woman Killed After Semi Crashes Into Her House," Oct. 8, 2014