Two men seriously injured in multi-vehicle crash

Two residents of Cadiz recently sustained serious injuries in a multi-vehicle accident involving two personal vehicles and a tractor-trailer. One of the injured parties was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. His condition is critical but stable. The other person, who sustained life-threatening injuries, was taken to Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The 50-year-old driver responsible for the semi-truck accident was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was not injured.

According to the police report, one of the drivers injured in the accident hit a deer and his vehicle was disabled in the roadway. It was at that time the second driver, also travelling east, stopped to help the first driver get the damaged pickup truck off the road.

Both motorists were assessing the damaged vehicle when the tractor-trailer hit them. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not able to stop his vehicle in time as he approached the vehicles.

Loss of life in a road accident is tragic. Drivers have frequently been advised by the highway patrol to drive within the prescribed speed limits and follow the road rules for their own safety and the safety of other drivers on the road. Negligent driving can cause serious injuries that can result in permanent disability or even fatalities. Drivers need to be alert at all times while driving.

If negligence is proved, state laws provide the accident victim or the surviving family members of the accident victim with the benefit of pursuing a claim to recover all monetary losses from the insurers of the negligent driver. Monetary losses can include expenses relating to medical treatment, lost wages and other related expenses.

Source: Cadiz Record.com, "Two hit by semi on 68/80," Franklin Clark, Nov. 28, 2012

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