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Two Road Construction Workers Killed by Pick-Up on I-75 in Tennessee

A $5 million lawsuit has been filed by Brasha Bowman on December 3, 2009, in the wrongful death of Jeffrey Brian Thompson II. Ms. Bowman, the girlfriend of Mr. Thompson, filed the lawsuit against James R. Hatfield and his employer, T and T Trucking on behalf of their young daughter, Zoey.

On November 9, Mr. Thompson, 19, and a co-worker, Cheyenne Dakota Burke, 18, were tightening a barrier cable in the median of I-75, in Tennessee, when James Hatfield veered off the southbound lanes and struck them. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. They were employed by Lu, Inc. of Kingston Springs, TN at the time of the accident. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Hatfield was speeding and failed to be in control of his pick-up truck. It further states that he fell asleep, was under the influence, or was texting while driving. The lawsuit also contends that Mr. Hatfield violated flashing signals and a no passing zone in the area. Mr. Hatfield was employed by T and T Trucking at the time of the accident.

Reports state that Mr. Hatfield’s truck went off the roadway, struck the two workers and knocked down numerous metal fence posts before coming to rest about 100 yards from the initial impact point, investigators said. Investigators say they are thankful for the barrier cable, which kept the truck from entering the northbound lanes. Investigators will, hopefully, reconstruct exactly how this accident happened. There were no skid marks, but there were tire marks in the median. As standard procedure, authorities gave Mr. Hatfield a blood test. They are also looking into the possibility that Hatfield suffered a medical condition. Maybe the results will tell them more about this tragic incident. Could the loss of these two young lives have been avoided?

Lawsuit Financial extends its deepest sympathies to the families of Mr. Thompson and Mr. Burke. Highway construction workers put their lives at risk on a daily basis for the safety of others. Unfortunately, incidents like this occur far too often. Driver error is one of the most common causes of auto accidents. The death of Mr. Thompson and Mr. Burke is a reminder of how dangerous our roadways can be, and the importance of driving safely and responsibly.

Lawsuit Financial urges everyone to practice safe driving habits and act responsibly behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one is killed in an auto accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is important to contact an attorney that specializes in auto accident litigation. But what do you do when your auto accident or wrongful death lawsuit is pending and you have financial obligations you can’t meet? Lawsuit Financial provides financial support to accident victims and their families while they await settlement or other case resolution. Our goal is to reduce the financial pressures to settle a case too quickly and for too little. Our trained professional and para-professional staff will be happy to review your situation for free. Contact Lawsuit Financial at 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) or visit us at for a no obligation consultation. The call or visit is free; the advice is priceless.