Earlier this month in Hardin County, a truck driver collided head-on with a fire truck, resulting in the death of both drivers. According to a recent report by one local news source, the accident occurred on Holland Creek Road at around 9:30 in the morning.
Evidently, the fire truck was responding to a call for a house fire when the driver of the fire truck crossed the double-yellow line and collided head-on with the truck. The fire department was able to make it to the home, but it was too late and the home was not able to be saved.
Both drivers were pronounced dead shortly after the accident. The driver of the log truck was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. It is unclear whether the firefighter was wearing his seat belt. Residents who live near the site of the crash told reporters that the location of the accident is a very dangerous section of road that has a lot of curves in that particular section and that it sees a number of accidents each year.
Head-On Collisions on Tennessee Roads
The winding country roads of rural Tennessee are certainly beautiful, but they are also dangerous. Often, these roads are narrow, have a lot of curves, and have speed limits that are higher than one may expect. The result is a dangerous mix of circumstances that increases the risk of head-on collisions.
Unlike other types of collisions, a head-on collision is usually the fault of only one party. In cases such as the one described above, where one vehicle crosses a double-yellow line, that driver is likely going to be held responsible for the accident. However, there are always extenuating circumstance that can give rise to an exception to the general rule.
Responsibility in Tennessee Car Crashes
Once a party is determined to be responsible for an accident, the next question is what is it responsible for. In Tennessee, an accident victim is entitled to recover for his or her past and future medical bills, past and future pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and in some more extreme cases punitive damages. If you have been involved in a serious Tennessee accident of any kind, speak with a dedicated attorney before bringing your case to see what kinds of damages you may be entitled to.
Have You Been Injured in a Tennessee Car Wreck?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious Tennessee car wreck, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the other driver’s negligence. At Matt Hardin Law, we have years of experience representing Tennessee accident victims in a wide array of personal injury actions, including car and truck accidents. We understand that representing our clients is a true honor and do not take the task lightly, working diligently to obtain a favorable result in every case. Call 615-200-1111 to set up a free consultation with an attorney at Matt Hardin Law today.
See Related Blog Posts:
Man Arrested in Clarksville after Causing Hit-and-Run Accident on I-24, Nashville Injury Lawyer’s Blog, published December 17, 2014.
Woman Driving Under the Influence Crashes into Two Cars in Ft. Campbell, Nashville Injury Lawyer’s Blog, published December 19, 2014.