Earlier this week in Hamblen County, one man lost his life and another was seriously injured after the driver of a car lost control on a wet roadway. According to a report by one local news source, the driver was near the intersection of Shinbone Road and Slop Creek Road, near Morristown, when the accident occurred. It was just after one in the afternoon.
Evidently, the driver of a 2006 Nissan was heading northbound on Shinbone Road when he lost control of his vehicle. As he skidded off the right side of the road, the car struck a tree. Both the driver and the passenger were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, the passenger died from the injuries he sustained as a result of the accident.
The driver of the car was also seriously injured. There is no indication as to how serious his injuries are and whether he is expected to survive. Thus far, police have not determined if drugs or alcohol was involved in the fatal accident, but an investigation is ongoing.
Wet Road Accidents
This time of year, we always see an increase in traffic accidents caused by wet roadways. With the weather starting to change and there being more and more rainy days, drivers are challenged on a daily basis.
Although there is no indication that the driver in the case described above was speeding at the time of the accident, it is safe to assume that speed was likely a factor in the accident. In fact, in most accidents involving wet roadways speed is a factor, whether it is because of the vehicle’s inability to stop quickly or the driver’s inability to maintain traction around a corner.
When road conditions are compromised, for whatever reason, it is imperative for drivers to slow down to a safe speed, even if that means slowing down below the posted speed limit. When a driver is traveling too fast for the conditions, an accident is much more likely to happen. Again, even if the driver is traveling at the posted speed limit, he or she may be held responsible for any injuries caused as a result if it can be shown that he or she was negligent in going that fast.
Have You Been Injured in a Tennessee Car Wreck?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Tennessee car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the other driver’s negligence. Proving a case against a potentially negligent defendant can be tricky, however, and is best left to a dedicated Tennessee personal injury attorney. Attorney Matt Hardin and his team of skilled attorneys have years of experience representing injured Tennesseans in all kinds of personal injury actions, including car wrecks. To speak with an attorney about your potential case, call 615-200-1111 to set up a free initial consultation today.
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.