Interstate 65 south of Nashville closed down on October 9 after a fiery truck crash killed one person and injured several others. It took more than 14 hours for crews to clean up the devastating scene.
The accident happened when two cars traveling northbound, a Nissan sedan and a Jeep, crossed the median into southbound traffic. The Nissan crashed head-on into a Hyundai, stopping both vehicles in the southbound lanes. The Jeep ran head-on into a tractor-trailer, sending both vehicles off road. The driver of the Jeep died. Two other victims were airlifted to the hospital for treatment, and two more were transported via ambulance.
It is currently unknown why the two vehicles crossed into the southbound lanes.
Liability in Multi-Vehicle Accidents in Tennessee
When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, which party is liable for injuries? In Tennessee, we use a modified comparative negligence system. This means that if a person’s percentage of fault in an accident goes above a certain number, that person is not entitled to any damages. In Tennessee, we use the 50 percent rule. So, if someone is 49 percent or less to blame for an accident, that person is entitled to damages. Your awarded damages will depend on your degree of fault, as well. If you are not at fault at all, you are entitled to 100 percent of the damages you incurred. If you are 30 percent at fault, your damage award will be reduced 30 percent.
Blame tends to get thrown around a lot by drivers and insurance companies after multi-car accidents. A car accident attorney can help you mold your case against the at-fault drivers to ensure you are given what you are owed for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
Zechariah 7:9-10, “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’”