This time of year many shipping companies are extra busy trying to handle all the gifts being sent around the country in time for the holiday season. Many of these gifts travel on large trucks in order to make it to their destination. This increased truck traffic can be dangerous, especially if drivers are fatigued or distracted.
Recently, in Nashville a serious truck accident occurred involving two large trucks -- including a FedEx delivery truck. According to reports, a large truck traveling east on Interstate 24 apparently lost control and left the roadway. The truck traveled across the grass medium and into the westbound lanes. There, the truck -- carrying wooden pallets -- collided with the delivery truck. A passenger car then struck the back of the FedEx truck.
As a result of the collision, an explosion occurred. The trucks were engulfed in flames and the drivers were trapped. Both drivers in the semi-trucks died as a result. The driver of the passenger car was also hurt in the accident and taken to a local hospital.
Following the accident, police closed the roadway for hours as the wreck was cleaned up and investigated. At this point, the cause of the accident was unknown but no evidence of alcohol or drug use was found.
The families of fatal truck accident victims should know that they have legal rights following an accident. These families may be entitled to compensation for the loss they have suffered. While this compensation cannot bring back their loved one, it can help pay for funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and loss of companionship caused by the semi-truck wreck.
Source: The Tennessean, "I-24 re-opened after fatal crash," Adam Taburin, Dec. 2, 2014