Two women were injured in an accident at the intersection of W. State Street and Route 126. The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on the night of Nov. 7. The conditions of the injured women were not available at the time of reporting.
The injured, a 28-year-old Bluff City woman and a 37-year-old Bristol woman, were in a Toyota Sequoia. The Toyota was stopped at a traffic light on State Street. A 41-year-old West Virginia man, who was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche, was traveling eastbound on State Street when his vehicle struck the rear of the Toyota. According to police, the impact set the Toyota on fire.
The driver of the Chevrolet Avalanche has been charged with aggravated assault and DUI. An investigation is still ongoing, but police believe drugs or alcohol may have led to the accident.
Drivers are responsible for their actions while on the road. Driving in a safe manner in order to avoid an accident is part of every driver's duty. Things like disobeying traffic laws or driving a vehicle while under the influence lessen one's ability to avoid an accident. If doing such things leads to an accident, the driver involved in that behavior may be found negligent and liable for the damages suffered by others.
If someone is injured due to another driver's negligence, such as the rear-end collision in this case, then the injured person may be able get compensation for damages. A personal injury attorney who has experience with auto accident cases may be able to offer guidance to victims seeking remuneration. Using evidence provided by investigators, an attorney may be able to demonstrate fault on the part of the defendant.