19-year-old Kathryn "Katy" Christianson of Chattanooga and 18-year-old Kathleen Beech of Clarksville were killed in the Thursday morning crash while they are two other University of the South rowing team members were en route to practice. The accident occurred at approximately 7 AM local time. This hits close to home as I have a son in college.
According to police reports, Beech (the driver of the vehicle) went to cross U.S. 41-A at Airport Road when her vehicle was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer, driven by John H. Tucker. Tucker was treated at a hospital and released.
It is a difficult time for all those involved to pick up the pieces. Ms. Christianson and Ms. Bleech leave behind friends, family, and teammates. They all have my condolences.
Many facts of the accident remain untold. What was the cause of the accident? Did Ms. Bleech not see the truck? It was early enough, he should have had his lights on. How fast was the truck going? These are questions that hopefully will find answers. Also, the passengers of Ms. Bleech’s vehicle (as well as Ms. Christianson’s family) can recover from the insurance policies of both Ms. Bleech and the truck driver, even if Ms. Bleech was the more negligent driver.
If you or someone you know is injured as a passenger of a vehicle, talk to an experienced car wreck or tractor trailer wreck attorney about recovering what is due. Just because the driver of your vehicle was negligent does not bar you from recovering from the other driver’s insurance policy or from their insurance policy if you are a passenger. IN some cases if there is not enough insurance your own underinusred motorist policy may allow for a recovery as well.