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Two major accidents reported on Tennessee highway

Highway 79 in Dover was the site of two car accidents with injuries in less than 24 hours. Although there were no fatalities reported in either crash, both accidents did in drivers being airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The first accident occurred when the driver of a 1991 Chevy truck driven by a 53-year-old Tennessee Ridge man made an improper change of lanes and struck a 2002 Mazda truck driven by 37-year-old Dover man. Officers at the scene indicated that driver of the Chevy truck may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Rescuers had to free the driver of the Mazda from his badly damaged vehicle, and the man was taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt. The driver of the Chevy truck was also taken to Henry County Medical center where he was released after receiving treatment for minor injuries.

The second accident happened when a 2005 Pontiac sedan rear-ended a 2006 Chrysler hatchback. The driver of the Pontiac was 17 years of age and told officers at the scene that she became distracted while changing radio stations and did not notice the Chrysler come to a stop. The Chrysler was driven by a 46-year-old man whose injuries required him to be transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The other passengers in the Chrysler, the driver's wife and son, did not receive medical attention.

Individuals who have been in injured in a traffic accident resulting from the negligence of others may need help seeking the compensation they are entitled too. Attorneys working with clients who have been injured in auto accidents may help them to navigate the legal process and negotiate for a fair settlement.

Source: The Stewart Houston Times, "Crashes in Dover yield injuries, possible charges", Bonnie Lill, August 22, 2013

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