Fatal traffic accidents claim the lives of hundreds of Tennessee drivers each year. The families who lose loved ones in these tragic crashes are often left searching for answers as to how it could have happened.

Investigators are still working to uncover what led to a recent accident that resulted in I-40 in downtown Knoxville being completely shut down for 10 hours and traffic being diverted to I-275 North. A call came in to 911 to report a crash just seconds after another caller reported seeing a driver going the wrong way down the interstate. Both the driver of the car, who was identified as a 21-year-old Maryville College graduate, and the driver of the semi-truck he collided with, perished at the scene.

The semi-truck was carrying a hazardous material at the time of the accident and burst into flames following the crash. In order to prevent any pollution from impacting the environment, authorities opted to let the fire burn out on its own.

It is not known what caused the driver of the car to drive into oncoming traffic. Law enforcement officials have indicated that it does not appear that the driver was distracted by a game on his phone at the time of the accident. The young man’s family and friends are cooperating with the investigation.

Family members of people who have been killed in motor vehicle accidents often have many questions about what compensation they may be entitled to. An experienced attorney can help them better understand their legal rights.


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