Traffic fatalities are a sad reality in Tennessee. Many of these tragedies could possibly be avoided if the numerous distractions available to today’s drivers were ignored. Such distractions as cellphones, food or fatigue can divert the attention of a driver for an instant, which can be all that is needed for truck accidents to happen.

Recently, a car with a flat tire was pulled off to the side of the road along Mooresville Highway. Three pedestrians came upon the scene and offered their assistance. While they were endeavoring to change the tire, a dump truck traveling east veered onto the side of the road, striking the three pedestrians who had offered to help.

One of the men died at the scene as a result of his injuries. One man was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and his condition is not known. The other man was not injured. The cause of the accident is not known and remains under investigation.

Good Samaritans in Tennessee step up to assist people when help is needed. Seldom do they take into consideration their own safety but put the other person’s needs ahead of their own. Such selfless acts can make tragic deaths due to truck accidents harder to bear. The pain felt by the absence of the loved one will not soon abate. No one can turn back time or undo what has happened, but a civil lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible could provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.