Wrongful death claim possible in death of fourth-grader

A young girl was killed recently in a multi-vehicle accident that also injured her cousin and sister. Authorities say the early-morning accident occurred on a recent Monday in December. When an individual's negligence causes or contributes to the death of another person in Tennessee, that person's loved ones are typically entitled to file a wrongful death claim.

The accident that took the life of the 9-year-old girl occurred on Lewisburg Highway around 7 a.m., the Tennessee Highway patrol said. They say the accident occurred when a pickup truck driven by a 21-year-old man rear-ended a car as it was in the process of turning left onto a local road that was near Interstate 65. The car that was rear-ended contained the three children, including the one who was killed.

The driver of the truck apparently did not see that the car in front of him was turning and he did not even hit his brakes. The 9-year-old girl was killed in the accident while the other two, a 6-year-old and a 12-year-old, were airlifted to a medical center in Nashville, where they were listed in serious condition. Investigators are currently looking into whether distracted driving was perhaps a factor in the crash.

The tragedy of losing a loved one in a car accident can be incredibly traumatic. Losing a loved one in a car accident that was completely avoidable further compounds the grief. Fortunately, when Tennessee residents lose a loved one in car accidents that were caused by another individual's negligence, they typically are entitled to seek out legal recourse in a Tennessee civil court by filing a wrongful death claim. If successfully presented, they may be able to alleviate some of the financial burden that was caused by the tragic loss of their loved one.  

Source: columbiadailyherald.com, "Culleoka fourth-grader dies in accident on Lewisburg Highway", Dec. 7, 2015

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