Erwin, TN (July 3, 2023) – One person lost their life following a truck accident that took place on Sunday, July 2. The accident was reported at around 8:00 a.m.
According to official reports, a tractor-trailer driven by a 41-year-old man was traveling on Interstate 26. As the vehicle proceeded down the westbound lanes, it ran off the interstate in the area near mile marker 36. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle crashed into a home near the intersection of Rex Lewis Road.
The impact of the crash caused the truck to catch on fire, which then ignited the entire residential structure after rupturing a natural gas line.
One person involved in the accident suffered fatal injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Two other victims were critically injured. The victims were rushed to Johnson City Medical Center for emergency treatment. One of the two victims was then transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The driver of the semi-truck is currently facing the incident and is being investigated by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department.
We hope the injured victims recover quickly.
Our condolences go out to the family of the victim who lost their life in this crash.
Tragic truck crashes claim the lives of at least ten individuals daily, totaling over 5,000 people each year across the United States. While semi-trucks play a vital role in our state’s economy, they can have devastating consequences when operated by reckless and careless drivers.
Every day in Tennessee, we witness severe truck crashes caused by negligence. Several key factors contribute to these accidents, including:
Fatigue: Drowsy drivers pose a significant risk on the roads, and truck drivers, due to their long hours behind the wheel, are particularly susceptible to exhaustion, increasing the likelihood of falling asleep while driving.
Distractions: Distracted driving is a major contributor to truck accidents. Truck drivers may be distracted by cell phones, radios, or other electronic devices, taking their attention from the road.
Speeding: Excessive speed is a common cause of accidents across all vehicles, but it poses an even greater danger for large trucks. Trucks require more time and distance to come to a complete stop compared to smaller vehicles. When they exceed the speed limit, the required stopping distance increases significantly. Consequently, we witness numerous serious accidents caused by speeding trucks unable to halt in time to avoid a collision.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of the fatal accident, you may be able to take legal action. Reaching out to a fatal truck accident lawyer can provide you with the best chance of seeking the maximum compensation to cover the losses that you face.
At Burg Simpson, our national truck accident lawyers understand the complexities of a trucking claim and have decades of experience fighting for injured victims. We are committed to helping you get the justice and compensation that you deserve after a devastating accident. Our experienced attorneys have an outstanding record in complex cases involving commercial vehicle collisions, so you can be sure your voice will be heard loud and clear when you turn to us. To get started on your case, reach out to our lawyers by calling 888-895-2080. We can meet with you for a free consultation at your earliest convenience to get started.
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