Tennessee Highway Patrol Reconstructs Truck Accident Scene on I-40
In an effort to complete an investigation of a tractor trailer accident that occurred on Saturday, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reconstructed the accident scene Monday afternoon on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County, Tennessee.
According to a report by the Herald-Citizen, the accident occurred Saturday around 3:19 a.m. when a 38-year-old man driving a Nissan pick-up truck swerved in his vehicle while heading westbound on I-40 when he struck a tractor trailer driven by a 55-year-old man from Hendersonville, North Carolina.
The collision caused both vehicles to leave the roadway and strike a guardrail. The impact caused the Nissan truck to stop next to the guardrail, but the tractor trailer jumped it and continued on until it plunged over a bridge and into a creek bed below.
The truck driver was killed in the accident, while the man driving the Nissan pickup truck and his passenger both suffered injuries.
Tennessee Highway Patrol representatives say that drug and alcohol use may have played a role in the accident and that citations and charges are pending the results of the full investigation.
The Cookeville truck accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law extend our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in this accident, and we hope the other victims experience quick and complete recoveries from their injuries.
What Can Accident Reconstructions Find?
Law enforcement agencies and car accident attorneys alike often use accident reconstruction experts determine exactly who and what caused an accident. By recreating the circumstances of an accident using actual vehicles or using simulations and models, it’s possible to get a clear picture of the events that led up to the accident by analyzing:
- Vehicle speeds
It can be difficult for drivers to remember or to accurately estimate their speed in the moments before a car accident. Using things like skid marks, traffic camera footage, and the degree of damage caused upon impact can help accident reconstruction experts accurately determine how fast each driver involved in a car accident was traveling at the time of the collision.
- Road conditions
Drivers also may be unaware of the role that poor road conditions played in their accidents. Rain, sleet, ice, oil, and even unseen debris can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Photographs of the road surface immediately before or after the accident are helpful when experts determine if any additional factors played a role in an accident.
- Braking and engine status
Many new passenger vehicles, as well as certain types of commercial vehicles, are equipped with crash data recorders. These devices constantly analyze a wide variety of data coming from vehicles’ engines, steering columns, and braking systems and can tell accident reconstruction experts whether drivers accelerated into an intersection, failed to brake in time, weren’t wearing a seatbelt, and much more.
Accident reconstruction simulations and live scenes can be used in passenger vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents. When paired with evidence like witness statements, accident scene photographs, and traffic camera footage, accident scene reconstructions can play a powerful role in helping prove a driver’s responsibility during a car, truck, or motorcycle accident.
If you or someone you love was recently injured in a vehicle accident, get the Cookeville truck accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law on your side. We use state of the art resources and technology to maximize our clients’ chances of getting full compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact us today by dialing (931) 754-1188 or filling out a free online form. We’re here to help you in any way we can.