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Woman Killed When Cement Truck Crashes into TN Funeral Procession

by mdp | April 15th, 2013

trucl_accident_overturnA woman was killed while traveling in a funeral procession in Tennessee on the afternoon of April 13, when a cement truck lost control and collided with two other vehicles. According to the accident report, the driver of the cement truck failed to recognize that traffic was stopped ahead of him, and he struck the rear of a Nissan Maxima, at which point the truck rolled over on top of a Chevy Colorado, killing the 49-year-old woman inside. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident in Nashville, or elsewhere in Tennessee, consult our qualified lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. Our law firm is located in Nashville, and our legal team has years of experience protecting the legal rights of trucking accident victims throughout the state of Tennessee.

Fatal Collision Caused by Cement Truck

Police officers who responded to the scene of the trucking accident said that the cement truck driver did not notice that the vehicles ahead of him were stopped for a funeral procession at Third Street and Shelby Drive in Memphis, Tennessee. When he finally realized, the driver was unable to stop his cement truck in time and lost control of the vehicle. The first vehicle struck by the cement truck was a Nissan Maxima driven by two boys who were sent to the hospital for treatment, but have since been released. The third vehicle involved in the collision was a Chevy Colorado, and the 49-year-old woman inside was pronounced dead at the scene.

Common Causes of TN Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents occur far too frequently in Tennessee and throughout the United States, often resulting in devastating injuries or tragic loss of life for innocent victims. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), approximately 400,000 trucks are involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the U.S. There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of a trucking accident occurring, but the Tennessee Department of Safety reports that, between 2003 and 2007, 5,548 truck accidents were caused by trucks running off the road or failing to stay in the appropriate lane; 4,652 were caused by trucks following improperly; 3,590 were caused by a failure to yield right of way; and 2,841 resulted from improper lane changes.

Contact Our Experienced Attorneys for Legal Help

“Before I could say no or stop, the truck had already flipped on top of the car,” said a witness at the scene of the fatal accident. “I ran straight to the truck. I grabbed her by her hand, told her that, squeeze my hand if you hear me talking to you. But she didn’t squeeze my hand.” Police are still investigating the devastating trucking accident, and it is unclear if any charges will be filed against the driver of the cement truck. If you have suffered injuries in a trucking accident in Tennessee, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal collision, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the person found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.