Nashville Truck Accident Attorney Reflects on Pedestrian Killed by Semi-Truck in Jefferson County

Matthew Killen was on his way to a Crimson Tide football game in Tuscaloosa when his car broke down. While standing beside his disabled car on Interstate 40 in the early hours of September 7, 2012, he was stuck by a tractor-trailer and his body was dragged for about a half mile before the truck driver came to a stop. Tennessee Highway Patrol asked the truck driver, Paul Hilliard, why it took him so long to stop. Hilliard answered that he thought he had only hit a deer.

Killen’s obituary paints him as an ambitious, 25-year-old man with aspirations to become a surgeon. A graduate of the University of Alabama, many will remember Matthew as someone who always wanted to help people. His parents believe that the reason he was standing beside his car was because it had run out of gas. The last transaction on Matthew’s credit card was at a gas station in Falling Waters, West Virginia – more than 400 miles from the fatal truck accident.

Hilliard may have charges brought against him, pending the results of a drug and alcohol test. The results have not been released to the public. Our Nashville truck accident lawyer offers compassionate legal counseling to families in need. Grieving families have multiple burdens to deal with after the death of a loved one, getting the justice they deserve after a semi-truck accident should not be one of them.

“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8



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