• June 05, 2017

Chidule Jackson, Michael Lee Cardin Killed in Accident in Marion County, TN

Marion County, TN -- June 2, 2017, a four-vehicle crash involving three semi-trucks and a passenger vehicle left 54-year-old Chidule Jackson and 60-year-old Michael Lee Cardin deceased.

Based upon media reports, it appears a semi-truck driven by Mr. Jackson was headed east on I-24 when the incident happened. The big rig reportedly crossed two sets of cable barriers, then the median, striking the truck occupied by Mr. Cardin. Both trucks went up in flames. The first semi then crashed into a third truck at its rear.

Following that collision, the Toyota passenger car then struck the rear of Mr. Cardin's semi.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Commentary

Many folks will read the details of this accident in early media reports and think there's no way the trucking company won't be found responsible. But, in our experience litigating hundreds of truck accident cases, we know the likelihood of the trucking company conceding fault and doing what's right by the victim is slim to none.

Considering the fact pattern in the report, one such argument the trucking company might make is the driver suffered a fatal heart attack or other sudden health emergency. If you're left thinking, "How does someone prove there was a medical emergency?", you understand there's no such thing as an open and shut case.

Trucking companies in these types of accidents have employed defenses that run from the absurd to the downright offensive. It's not beyond some companies to blame the victim, even though they seem entirely at fault. How do they get away with this?

Well, all they need is for victims and their loved ones to presume trucking companies will do right by them, and give provide them with compensation for damages. While victims and their families are going through the grieving process, planning for a very complex future, and waiting for trucking companies to do the right thing, necessary evidence for victims to prove their case simply vanishes.

That's what makes the collection of evidence vital for victims and their families long before trucking companies have access to it. Without this necessary evidence, trucking companies will have no compunction about running roughshod over victims and those they leave behind.

--Grossman Law Offices

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