Tennessee 2-car collision may result in wrongful death suit

Deadly crashes involving negligence on the part of one or more involved parties are all too common. Not only that, but crashes of this nature are easily preventable. Factors such as speed, distracted driving, intoxication, and failure to wear a seatbelt can all contribute to the likelihood of a fatality resulting from a vehicular collision. In Tennessee, in crashes where one party is found to be guilty of negligence, the family of the victim may choose to pursue a wrongful death suit.

An accident occurred on a Saturday earlier this month, just before 1 a.m. A sedan and an SUV were traveling west in parallel lanes. The driver of the sedan allegedly turned left in front of the SUV, causing the SUV to hit the sedan on the driver's side.

The driver of the sedan, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was killed. The driver of the SUV was transported to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries. According to police, the driver of the SUV was thought to have been intoxicated when the crash occurred.

Crashes like this are particularly devastating because they can be prevented so easily. While the case is still being investigated, it is entirely possible that the driver of one of the vehicles may be found guilty of some type of negligence, such as driving while intoxicated or distracted driving. After fault is established, a civil claim may be filed. A wrongful death suit, when successfully litigated, can provide a family with monetary compensation that can help pay for emotional devastation, funeral costs and loss of work and a personal injury claim can help pay for medical costs and lost wages. Tennessee families deserve to know their rights.

Source: fox17.com, "One dead in early morning collision", Michael Turner, Dec. 19, 2015

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