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One Individual Killed After Accident Near Union County Line


Union County, TN (July 30, 2020) Tennessee law enforcement reports that a helicopter was called for at least one person after a serious car accident occurred around 11 p.m. close to Maynardville Highway. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office reports that one individual died when his pick-up struck a tree head-on. The pick up’s driver sustained critical injuries and was left trapped inside the vehicle. A Lifestar Medical Helicopter was contacted following the accident, but the victim died while workers tried to free him from the vehicle. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the cause of the accident.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that frontal collisions resulted in 5,506 single vehicle accidents involving fatalities in 2018 or 53% of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths.

Common Reasons Vehicles Strike Trees 

While some factors that cause people to strike trees are their own fault, other accidents are caused by the negligence of a third party. Some of the most common reasons these accidents occur include:

  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Animals like deer and drugs that run across the road suddenly.
  • Defective or poorly maintained roads
  • Distracted drivers who text or talk on the phone while driving
  • Careless drivers who caused other motorists to swerve
  • Intoxicated motorists who fail to stop for road emergencies in time
  • People who fall asleep at the wheel

Speak with a Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyer 

If your loved one died in a Tennessee car accident, it is important to remember that you have a right to pursue compensation. Contact Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today to learn more about your options.

Note: This post was written based on available resources, news stories, and online reports about this incident. As is often the case with fast breaking news, there is always the risk that some details are still being shared and uncovered. Please contact us if you notice any information that should be changed or added. Thanks!

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