Hit-and-run accident may lead to wrongful death suit

A car accident that killed a man in Bradley County occurred recently. The accident took place on a recent Saturday in January. When Tennessee residents' loved ones are killed in a car accident that was caused by another's negligence, they are typically entitled to file as a wrongful death suit against the responsible party.

This deadly accident occurred on I-75 and took place around 6:30 p.m. A man was driving his car in the northbound lane of traffic. Per the Tennessee Highway Patrol, an unknown vehicle crashed into his car. This crash caused the man's car to travel across the road's median.

After it traveled across the road's grassy median, the car crashed into a  tractor-trailer that was traveling in the opposite lane of traffic. Both lanes of I-75 were closed and the authorities diverted traffic. The authorities concluded that it may take around hours to clear this wreckage and conduct their investigation.

It's not yet clear if the driver who allegedly caused this hit-and-run accident will ever be found. If he or she is, it is entirely possible that they will face criminal charges in connection with the accident. If prosecutors succeed in securing a conviction on charges that were related to this accident, this might be used as proof of negligence in a wrongful death suit if the decedent's loved ones choose to file one in a Tennessee civil court. If successfully navigated, the entry of a monetary judgement might result, and this could help loved ones with end-of-life expenses such as hospital bills, funerals and burials. Individuals who have lost a loved one typically begin this process by first consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney to assess the validity of their claim and for ongoing legal support as well as litigation, if necessary.

Source: newschannel9.com, "THP Searching for Hit and Run Suspect", Alyssa Spirato, Jan. 2, 2016

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