Knoxville residents place a great deal of trust in the people they deal with on an everyday basis. This is not only true in more intimate settings like at home and in the office, but also out in public. When individuals are on the road, for example, they trust that the motorists around them are driving safely and obeying the rules of the road. Unfortunately, that often turns out not to be the case, as other drivers can make serious mistakes that endanger the lives of everyone else on the road.
This was the case in a fatal crash on Interstate 75 this summer that killed six individuals. A Knoxville man recently filed a lawsuit in relation to the truck accident, against both the driver and the truck company that employed the driver. The truck driver reportedly was speeding in a construction zone at the time he ran into seven cars, including the plaintiff's vehicle.
The complaint also alleges the driver experienced mechanical breakdowns with his vehicle the day before the crash, and he got into another accident the day before. What's more, there are allegations that the driver tested positive for being under the influence of methamphetamines, and he had failed to meet federal trucking regulations requiring a drug test be completed after the first crash.
It remains to be seen how the lawsuit will evolve, but the case illustrates how there can be many moving parts when it comes to a negligence lawsuit. Multiple individuals can be connected to the lawsuit, whether they are parties, witnesses or other persons with some interest in the case. In addition, multiple claims can be alleged, each with distinct facts and legal elements that must be proven in order to recover damages.
Even in a single negligence claim, there can be several facts in dispute, including allegations that truck drivers failed to follow federal regulations. Accordingly, injured individuals need to have a strong grasp of the facts and the law that applies in the case, in order to vigorously pursue their rights and obtain compensation from the negligent motorist.
Source: TimesFreePress.com, "Second lawsuit filed against truck driver in deadly I-75 crash," Aug. 5, 2015