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Man allegedly under the influence of drugs causes fatal accident

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a three-vehicle accident near Quarry Road on Maynardville Highway has claimed the life of a woman. The at-fault driver, according to THP, was in a 2004 Jeep when it veered across the center line and struck a Ford SUV. The Jeep continued southbound after sideswiping the Ford and hit a 2007 Honda almost head-on.

The driver of the Ford was not injured, but the Honda driver was killed. The driver of the Jeep was injured, but the injuries were not life-threatening. According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the driver of the Jeep was also involved in a crash earlier in the day.

When deputies tried to talk to the man, they say he was extremely confused and uncooperative. However, he allegedly told a nurse that he had taken methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine. A drug test was requested. The driver is currently incarcerated in the Knox County Detention Center.

The crash has residents and business owners in the area expressing concerns on how reckless drivers can be eliminated in Maynardville. The main thoroughfare is under construction right now, being widened from two lanes to five.

One woman who talked to the media said she was involved in an accident after the construction kicked off. She was hit by a driver who pulled out of a business and couldn't see her because of the traffic. Her vehicle was hit in the side, flipping it several times. She would like to see more signage posting the speed limit, as well as more police presence.

When you're injured in a traffic accident, or your loved is killed, you may be able to name several defendants in a civil suit. A settlement or damage award from the court can pay for injuries, damages, final expenses and more. If the construction in some way played a role in the accident, the state could be held liable. The at-fault driver may face criminal charges for driving under the influence of drugs and more, but he can also be held liable for your injuries or your loved one's wrongful death. An attorney can help you determine your next move.

Source: WATE, "Man charged with vehicular homicide in North Knoxville crash, suspected to be on drugs," Oct. 31, 2016

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