Recent Tennessee car accidents: Dislodged trailer kills 4

A recent three-vehicle accident left four Tennessee residents dead. The May accident happened in Meigs County on a recent Friday afternoon. Fatal car accidents can have devastating effects on loved ones and family members' lives, but many have questions about the legal issues confronting them. 

A 34-year-old man was reportedly driving a commercial dump truck south on Highway 58 when the trailer attached to his vehicle became disconnected from the truck. It then collided with two other vehicles traveling in the opposite lane of traffic. This resulted in the deaths of four passengers in those vehicles. The trucker allegedly continue driving along the highway for roughly another 1,000 yards, after which he apparently exited the vehicle and entered the woods on foot.

First responders were contacted around 2:30 p.m. Witnesses reported that the collision caused the total destruction of one of the vehicles. The truck driver who authorities believe caused the accident has a criminal history, police said. The man was previously arrested in Sept. 2013 in Hamilton County for assault and burglary.

The accident investigation is ongoing. Once the driver is located, he will most likely face criminal charges. The victims' families also may decide to file wrongful death lawsuits in a Tennessee civil court in connection with this fatal accident. Successfully litigated, the compensation derived from such claims can be used to offset the financial burdens that car accidents of this nature typically engender, including end-of-life expenses. Experienced personal injury attorneys can help in determining which party or parties to name as defendants, by gathering evidence in support of a claim and by providing ongong guidance and support at every stage of the civil proceedings.

Source:, "Authorities seek truck driver who fled fatal crash in Meigs County", Emmett Gienapp, May 6, 2016

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