• May 31, 2017

Tyrone McDonald Killed in Robertson County, TN, Truck Accident

Robertson County, TN -- May 24, 2017, Tyrone McDonald suffered fatal injuries following an accident in which his tractor-trailer crashed off the highway.

Robertson County Sheriff's Deputies as well as Tennessee State Troopers were called to investigate the fatal single-vehicle accident north of Nashville. They say it happened in the morning hours of Wednesday along I-65.

Preliminary details are still scarce at this time. 48-year-old McDonald was driving an 18-wheeler that was hauling pipes. For reasons still under investigation, the 18-wheeler ran off the side of the interstate into a wooded area and crashed.

The cab of the truck was severely damaged, and authorities say McDonald died at the scene. No other injuries occurred.

Authorities say the cause of the accident is still under investigation at this time.

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Commentary

A lot of people have this view of personal injury attorneys as anti-trucker. Any experienced attorney worth his or her salt will tell you that truck drivers can be victims just as much as any other driver. The only real difference is that sometimes they're most vulnerable to their own vehicles. Whether it's a lack of modern safety technology, reckless business practices on their employer's part, or improperly loaded cargo, there are many things which can cause an accident like this to occur with little to no warning to the driver.

Our firm has seen hundreds of truck accidents over the years, and some of the ways they happen can be surprising to some. There are times where truckers are forced to drive well beyond maximum hours of service under threat of losing their job, leaving them exhausted behind the wheel. Other drivers re given trucks which are just plain dangerous to drive due to how poorly maintained they are. This can lead to catastrophic mechanical failures on the road, and ultimately a crash. And on top of that, most 18-wheelers just aren't equipped with the safety features truly necessary to protect the driver in the event of serious accident. In these cases, accidents which could have ended in minor or moderate injuries instead result in serious injury or death.

Now these are just a few things which truck drivers are constantly at risk of encountering. I'm not saying that these happened in this case, but they're certainly a possibility. The fact that a man lost his life is more than enough reason to consider every possibility. Since police aren't really equipped to handle an accident investigation as complex as one involving a commercial vehicle, this incident needs to be looked at by an independent and experienced professional. In doing so, those affected by this tragedy can help ensure that any and all possible factors are being considered and nothing is being overlooked.

--Grossman Law Offices

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