Tragic car accident likely caused by hydroplaning

A teenage girl was driving a vehicle that is thought to have hydroplaned. When she lost control in a curve, the vehicle went into the path of a GMC pickup truck. The impact of the vehicles slamming into each other resulted in one person being killed and three people being injured.

The person who was killed was a passenger in the car that hydroplaned. He was a high school student who was active in the theater and is said to have been a good kid.

The three people who were injured were the 17-year-old female driver of the car that was occupied by the boy who died, the 22-year-old male driver of the truck, and a 2-year-old boy. The female driver suffered from a shattered pelvis and two broken arms, among other injuries.

This tragic car crash brings up a couple of reminders for drivers. The first is that seat belts and child safety seats can save lives. All of the people who were involved it this accident were wearing seat belts. The child was in a car seat and was properly restrained.

Another important reminder is that all drivers should drive safely when the roads are wet. Hydroplaning, which occurs when the tires can’t move water out of the way fast enough and the car begins to slide on the water, can be deadly. Slowing down when the roads are wet is a good idea.

If you are injured or a loved one dies in an accident in Knoxville, you might decide to take legal action against the driver who caused the accident. Filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is how you can do this.

Source: The Jackson Sun, “Milan student killed in crash ‘a fantastic young man’,” Tyler Whetstone, Aug. 18, 2016