Earlier this month in Leesburg, Florida, a tragic accident claimed the life of a young Tennessee boy when the car in which he was riding was rear-ended. According to a report by Click Orlando, the accident involved a 2010 Kia Soul with three passengers inside and a bucket truck owned by Sumpter Electric Cooperative.
Evidently, both vehicles were traveling southbound on U.S. 27. The Kia contained three family members, including the young boy. As the Kia came to a stop on the highway, for some unknown reason the truck driver did not slow down enough and rammed right into the back of the Kia.
The two adult passengers in the Kia were flown to Leesburg Regional Medical Center. They were both admitted in serious condition, but they are expected to fully recover. The young child, however, was flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from the injuries he sustained in the accident.
Police are currently in the midst of an investigation into the cause of the accident. At this point, police are saying that alcohol was not involved in the fatal accident. However, the investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending against the truck driver.
Rear-End Accidents Are Often Caused By Distracted Driving
Rear-end accidents are some of the more dangerous types of accidents we see because often the car that is rear-ended has no idea that the impact is coming and is completely unprepared. These kinds of accidents, while incredibly dangerous, are also almost always preventable.
Most rear-end accidents are not caused by a driver’s inability to slow down in time, but by the driver’s failure to perceive the events around him or her in a timely manner. Often, rear-end accidents are caused by distracted drivers who are on the phone, texting, daydreaming, or engaged in some other kind of distracted driving.
Distracted Driving Accidents in Tennessee
Just because a car wreck is an “accident” and not intentional does not mean that the victim of the accident cannot seek compensation for his or her injuries. Negligent drivers are routinely held liable for the damages and injuries they cause while negligently operating their vehicles. Most of the time, accident victims end up recovering through the legal doctrine of “negligence.” Negligence requires that a plaintiff prove that the other driver owed him or her some duty of care that the other driver violated. In addition, the plaintiff must prove that the other driver’s violation of that duty is what caused his or her injuries.
Have You Been Injured in a Tennessee Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a serious Tennessee accident of any kind, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help compensate you for your injuries or losses. However, it is likely that the other party will retain experienced counsel to help it defend its actions or to shift blame onto you, the victim. Do not let this happen to you. Speak to an attorney today. Call 615-200-1111 to set up a free initial consultation with a dedicated Tennessee personal injury attorney.
See Related Blog Posts:
Bartlett Police Officer May Be Responsible for Fatal Tennessee Accident, Nashville Injury Lawyer’s Blog, published October 22, 2014.
New Analytical Tool Helps Law Enforcement Predict Where Accidents Will Occur, Nashville Injury Lawyer’s Blog, published September 18, 2014.