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A Nov. 2 crash at mile marker 58 on I-81 sent five people to the hospital, including former Tennessee representative and current Tennessee Comptroller Chief of Staff Jason Mumpower.

Traffic was slowed in the area due to a minor crash that involved an SUV striking a guardrail. According to police, a semitruck hauling frozen chicken in the northbound lanes swerved to avoid striking the SUV and instead rear-ended a sedan. That sedan, a Mercury, was pushed to the right and forward, causing it to strike the back of a U-Haul truck. The Mercury rolled, but ended up on its four wheels.

As the semitruck continued going forward, it rolled and the tractor ended up partially on top of a Hyundai. Traffic was tied up for about three hours while the accident victims were transported to local hospitals and law enforcement investigated the crash.

Mumpower and his wife filed the lawsuit against three defendants: Sopranos Inc., Gogu Trucking Express and the semitruck driver. According to the complaint, Mumpower suffered extensive injuries, which included a broken arm.

The suit claims that the driver of the tractor-trailer failed to use due care, failed to obey traffic control devices, failed to maintain proper distance between vehicles and failed to keep control of the semitruck. The complaint seeks $1.5 million in damages from the three defendants.

When you are injured or someone you love is killed in a trucking accident, you have a right to seek compensation for a variety of damages, including medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide more information on your legal options for seeking compensation.

Source: Times News, “Mumpower seeks $1.5M in damages over I-81 crash in Kingsport,” Matthew Lane, Dec. 06, 2017