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Pedestrian Dies after Being Struck By Large Truck


A Vanderbilt student was killed after being struck by a large truck on June 16. Ruonan Yao, 31, was a graduate student at the university. He was crossing West End Ave. at 31st Ave. S. in a crosswalk with the green walk signal when a dump truck driven by Ken Cathey, 58, made a right hand turn in the intersection. The truck struck Yao, and the driver claimed that he did not see the victim in the crosswalk. The preliminary cause of the fatal accident was cited as failing to yield the right of way.

Large trucks cause a number of serious injuries and fatal accidents around the Nashville area every year. If you or a loved one has been injured by a large truck you may have a claim for compensation. Call or contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free case consultation.

Failure to Yield the Right of Way

All vehicles are required to obey traffic signs, signals, and the rules of the road. Cars and trucks are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in Tennessee, especially when they are in crosswalks at intersections with the walk signal. Vehicles must also yield the right of way to other vehicles that arrive at an unmarked intersection first and oncoming traffic when a vehicle wishes to make a left-hand turn. When a large truck fails to yield the right of way to another vehicle or pedestrian it can cause devastating accidents with serious injuries or worse. Failing to yield the right of way is one of the most common causes of car and truck accidents on the road today.

Compensation for Truck Accidents

When a person is injured, or worse, in a truck accident they are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Economic compensation covers all out of pocket expenses caused by the accident, which includes all medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and the loss of future income and benefits. Noneconomic damages compensate a victim for any pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.

In fatal accidents, the family of the victim may also seek compensation for wrongful death. Compensation for wrongful death includes all final medical expenses as well as all funeral and burial costs. The family may also be compensated for any emotional distress and for the loss of love, guidance, support, and companionship. Talk to an experienced truck accident attorney in Nashville today to learn more about compensation after a serious crash.

Let Us Help You Today

When a truck driver fails to yield the right of way the results can be catastrophic for other vehicles and people involved. Have you or someone you know been injured in a truck accident in the Nashville area? If so, call the office or contact us today at Mitch Grissim & Associates for a consultation with a dedicated Nashville truck accident attorney.


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