Recent Tennessee car accidents: 3 women airlifted

Being involved in a Tennessee motor vehicle accident can be an unsettling experience. Some are able to walk away with minor injuries or no injuries at all. Unfortunately, other victims of car accidents suffer far more serious consequences. One recent crash sent three individuals to the hospital.

Reportedly, the accident occurred mid-day on a Saturday in an Overton County flea market parking lot. Apparently, the wreck occurred when an 87-year-old woman drove a minivan into the lot. In doing so, her feet became tangled in the pedals, causing her to push the accelerator instead of the brake.

The minivan shot forward and struck three women sitting on a bench in front of the parking space. The women -- ages 60, 63 and 52 -- were pinned under the vehicle but were eventually extricated. They were all airlifted to local medical centers. Two were recently released, but one remains hospitalized in serious condition.

This accident is still under investigation. The injured victims may decide to pursue civil claims against the driver for the monetary damages each incurred. If criminal charges are formally filed and prosecutors are able to secure a conviction on a charge related to the car accident, proof of it might be offered as evidence in a related personal injury claim. This conviction could help establish negligence on the part of the driver, which is required to be proved before a civil court will consider an award of damages. Individuals in Tennessee who are seriously injured in car accidents typically consult an experienced personal injury attorney to assess the validity of a proposed claim and to provide advice and guidance throughout the claims process, including any necessary litigation in the civil justice system.

Source: herald-citizen.com, "Two of three women injured in Saturday wreck out of hospital", Tracey Hackett, Sept. 22, 2015

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