Tennessee Highway Patrol officials have reported that a logging truck driver involved in a fatal accident that took the life of a 17-year-old teenager did not have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). In addition to not having a CDL, an investigation found the truck driver did not even work for the logging company that owned the vehicle.
Investigators with the Tennessee Highway Patrol found evidence the driver drove trucks for the company, but was not an employee. Drivers for the logging company would have to possess at least a class B CDL.
According to the authorities, the 20-year-old truck driver ran through a red light and slammed into the teenage driver’s car as she was crossing an intersection. Sadly, the teenager had just graduated high school and had an entire life ahead of her. One moment of negligence robbed a young woman of her future, and a family of their daughter.
Since the accident, there has been an outpouring of community support for the now deceased teenager and her family. A GoFundMe account has been set up in the teenagers name and a local high school held a night of remembrance.
What Options Are Available For Truck Accident Survivors?
By allowing a driver to operate a multi-ton vehicle that requires special licensing, the company and driver might be liable for the truck accident. In truck accidents, families and individuals are often left devastated, wondering how to pay for expenses.
By contacting a truck accident attorney, accident survivors and family members can begin to lay the groundwork for pursuing damages and holding negligent truck drivers responsible.
“Do unto others as you would have them do to you” – Luke 6:31