A 29-year-old man and a 52-year-old man were killed on Dec. 2 after an accident that took place on Interstate 24 north of Nashville. According to authorities, the 29-year-old man was driving eastbound on I-24 at about 5 a.m. when his trailer crossed a grassy median and collided with a FedEx truck going westbound. When the two trucks collided, they both became engulfed in flames.
Both drivers were severely burned, and authorities said that an affirmative identification was to be done through dental records. A BMW was also reportedly involved in the crash, but the 29-year-old driver of that vehicle did not receive any critical injuries. He was treated at Skyline Medical Center. Authorities were not immediately sure what caused the truck to cross the median. However, they did say that neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the crash.
Both lanes of the highway had to be closed at mile marker 44 for a period of several hours after the accident, and the road did not reopen until 10 p.m. that evening. FedEx released a statement expressing concern for all those involved in the accident. The company also said that it would cooperate with the authorities as necessary.
When a driver is killed in a truck accident, that driver's family may press a wrongful death suit against the party who caused the accident. A personal injury attorney may be helpful in advancing such a suit in court. An attorney may also be able to establish that the driver's actions caused the victim to lose his or her life. The driver who caused the crash is still liable for damages even if he or she also dies in the crash. In that scenario, the victim's family could pursue damages from the driver's estate.