Personal Injury Lawyer Blog on Nashville Accidents and Injury

Family of Woman Killed by Defective Guardrail Reaches Settlement

In 2008, a Tri-Cities woman died after her car ran into a guardrail terminal along Highway 394 near Blountville. The guardrail pierced through the woman’s car like a spear. She died soon after. In 2012, her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the guardrail, Trinity Industries, as well as the State of Tennessee. They argued that defects in the design of the guardrail lead to the terminal head failing, which caused the guardrail to impale the car. The state paid the family after witness testimony revealed that the specific segment of guardrail that the woman struck had been damaged for months previously. Despite the damage, the Tennessee Department of Transportation never repaired the guardrail. Because of this failure to maintain the guardrail, the state agreed to a settlement. Which Guardrail Was Responsible? The specific guardrail piece, the ET-Plus guardrail terminal, was removed from Tennessee’s approved products…
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The La Follette Firework Explosion, 20 Years Later

It has been 20 years since an industrial accident in Tennessee took the lives of four workers in La Follette, Tennessee. The accident occurred at Pyro Shows Inc., a fireworks factory, in June 1997, leaving behind twisted metal and debris. The explosion was so powerful that everyone in town heard it, and most could see its towering smoke cloud; it even knocked an entire church off its foundation. Some nearby believed that the deafening sound and concussive blast came from a plane crash. Windows around the city blew out. 20 years later, witnesses describe their memories of an unbelievable scene of destruction. One witness, who had been sitting in his car across from the blast, even waved as one of the men who was killed entered the building moments before the explosion. 200 yards away, another man and his son were standing in their front yard when the blast occurred,…
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Trucking Accident Injures Two After Truck Veers into Traffic

In early June, an accident involving two commercial vehicles lead to injuries for two people on Highway 109. Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a Kentucky man pulling a trailer with a Sterling CMV swerved into oncoming traffic, prompting a woman driving a Freightliner semi-truck with no trailer to swerve to avoid the Sterling. However, the Sterling struck the Freightliner’s front side, sending both vehicles off the road. The Freightliner overturned, causing injuries to the driver as well as her passenger. The driver of the Sterling was not harmed. The THP reported that all those involved in the accident were wearing seat belts and that no drugs nor alcohol were involved. What Causes Truck Accidents, and What Do I Do If I Am Involved in One? Every year in the United States, there are nearly 500,000 semi-truck collisions. While some of these collisions are simply accidents, often there are underlying causes…
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