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Daniel Palacios Dies in an Accident on Interstate 40 in Fayette County, Tennessee

Fayette County, Tenn. — A newlywed husband is dead a day after celebrating his wedding after a crash that took place on Interstate 40 on Monday.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 27-year-old Daniel Palacios III and his 23-year-old wife, Christy Carrillo, were eastbound on I-40 in a Toyota 4Runner when their vehicle veered off the road, striking a dirt embankment and overturning multiple times, before crossing into oncoming traffic and colliding with a tractor-trailer.

A witness to the crash stated that the tire might’ve blown out and hit the median, causing the crash.

No further details have been provided.

Thoughts on Tire blowouts and failures

What should have marked the beginning of a new chapter for this couple has become a living nightmare for the surviving newlywed. When such loss occurs, the surviving family deserves to demand answers as to whether this tragic result could have been avoided. The fact that a blown tire was seen at the accident site is troubling. Only a thorough investigation can answer what caused this accident, who is at fault, and whether it could have been prevented.

Tire blowouts on highways present a grave danger, often occurring suddenly and leaving drivers with minimal time to react. The unpredictability of these incidents significantly escalates the risk of severe injuries or fatalities, as seen in this incident.

This is especially true when the tire fails because of a defect, causing the tread to separate. When a tire pops and goes flat, the event is often controllable, and a motorist is able to move safely off the highway. However, tread separation, when the tread is ripped from the tire, leaves a motorist with little control over the vehicle, often resulting in rollover crashes.

Although the specific cause of the 4Runner’s tire failure remains unclear, an investigation by qualified professionals can determine the root cause and shed light on the circumstances leading to the blowout. Accidents like this one deserve scrutiny, and manufacturers who produce defective tires cannot continue to escape liability at the expense of innocent motorists.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the grieving wife and family during this difficult time.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.

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