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2 workers injured on interstate in Tennessee

Two Department of Transportation workers in Tennessee were seriously injured in an auto accident that occurred on Sept. 4. The incident happened at approximately 1:45 p.m. near mile marker 99 on the westbound side of Interstate 24.

According to local reports, the accident was caused by traffic beginning to slow down on the interstate. Two TDOT employees, ages 50 and 54, were making an effort to use their signal truck to warn motorists about moving over in order to avoid the impending traffic jam. Local authorities say a 63-year-old male driver in a tractor-trailer rear-ended the TDOT vehicle, propelling it through the emergency lane until it smashed into a rock wall. The semi-truck also crashed into the rock wall after its trailer swung around.

The two injured workers were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The 54-year-old was released by the next morning. His co-worker was in stable condition as of Sept. 5. The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered injuries but was not hospitalized. Authorities said he could face criminal charges.

People injured in truck accidents are entitled to seek restitution to help account for economic and noneconomic damages that ensue. Victims typically use the compensation to help account for medical expenses, vehicle-repair costs, loss of income and other expenses that stem from accidents. In order to win damages for their clients, plaintiffs’ attorneys convince the juries of personal injury cases that defendants were culpable for the incidents in question. This must be accomplished by establishing that the defendants acted negligently in some manner and that those actions led to the harm caused to the victims.

Source: WKRN, “2 TDOT workers flown to Vanderbilt after serious crash on I-24”, September 05, 2014

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