All sorts of vehicles can be seen on local roads at any given time. All have the potential to be dangerous. Semi trucks alone — often weighing upward of 80,000 pounds — are capable causing serious injury or even death. A truck accident in Tennessee that nearly claimed the life of a highway patrol sergeant highlighted the potential danger big rigs pose on today’s open roads.
The semi truck accident occurred on Interstate 40/75, about three hours north of Atlanta, when a relatively new employee lost his battle with truck driver fatigue and fell asleep behind the wheel. The truck consequently slammed into a highway patrol cruiser parked on the shoulder of the road with its emergency lights blinking. The guilt-stricken driver assisted emergency responders in rescuing the officer from the crushed vehicle. Though the sergeant is making a tremendous recovery, the driver still faces charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
Since an accident involving a commercial truck can cause exponentially more damage that one involving a standard vehicle, the laws governing these incidents are also different. Driver negligence is the primary legal theory underlying truck accident lawsuits. Such negligence is defined as a failure to exercise a reasonable degree of care, such as careless driving in bad weather or driving while extremely tired.
Those injured by negligent truck drivers often have the right to be compensated for their injuries. This compensation can include medical bills, lost wages and rehabilative costs. Those injured should not suffer alone, but should fight for the compensation they need to make a full recovery.
Source: Knox News, “Trucker indicted in fiery crash that nearly killer THP sergeant,” Jamie Satterfield, Feb. 27, 2013