According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 24-year-old man died in a fiery multi-truck crash by mile marker 364 on Interstate 40 in Loudon County on July 29. No one else involved in the truck accident was injured.
Highway authorities report that the accident happened around 6:30 a.m. when a 24-year-old man driving a tractor-trailer eastbound on the highway struck a Ford pickup truck from the rear. The force of the crash sent the pickup truck into the back of another semi-truck driven by a 50-year-old man. As a result, the pickup truck was trapped between the two tractor-trailers, resulting in the death of the driver, a 24-year-old Lenoir City man. The three trucks then caught on fire.
When they responded to the scene, troopers closed the eastbound lanes of I-40 for almost nine hours while fire crews worked to put out the fire and authorities conducted an investigation. Charges could be filed against the 24-year-old truck driver.
Motorists who become involved in tractor-trailer accidents stand little chance of avoiding serious injuries or death because of the large size of the vehicles involved. If a tractor-trailer driver caused a fatal truck crash through an act of negligence, the surviving family members of any victims may be able to hold him or her liable for those damages. A wrongful death claim might allow a family to recover their accident-related financial losses, such as medical and burial costs. If an independent contractor operated the truck, the truck driver may be the only liable party. However, if the truck was a company vehicle, both the driver as well as his or her employer could be held liable.