A multi-vehicle accident was recently reported on the westbound Interstate 40 in Wilson County. The accident occurred during the morning hours. According to reports released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the car accident occurred as a result of a ladder lying in the westbound lane of Interstate 40.
According to police reports, a 26-year-old female who was driving a Toyota RAV4 struck the ladder. This caused her to lose control of the vehicle and collide with a concrete barrier. After colliding with the wall, the Toyota then struck a tractor-trailer and collided with an Oldsmobile sedan. The Toyota finally came to rest against the concrete barrier.
Fortunately, police report that none of the drivers suffered serious injuries due to the accident. Police officials also confirmed that all three drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
While a scenario like this - a ladder on the road in the middle of the Interstate - is not a common event, it underscores drivers' important duty to stay alert and to expect the unexpected. Some drivers may get too comfortable with a long drive on the freeway and become distracted by anything from cell phones to eating or adjusting the stereo in the car. Even though traffic may be light and weather conditions fair, anything can happen on the road that may require a split-second response.
When a driver fails to exercise due caution, an accident can result from that driver's negligence, causing injuries to other drivers or pedestrians. Tennessee laws have established provisions that allow victims to hold a negligent driver liable for all losses incurred during an accident. Innocent accident victims can claim monetary damages pertaining to repairs, medical expenses and lost wages suffered due to an accident.
Source: Tennessean.com, "Ladder causes chain reaction crash in Wilson County," Andy Humbles, Feb. 18, 2013