Fatal car accident may lead to wrongful death suit

A two-car accident recently took place that resulted in one fatality and one injury. The accident occurred on a recent Saturday night in February, authorities say. When Tennessee residents are killed due to the negligence of another individual, their loved ones or family are typically entitled to file a wrongful death suit.

The accident occurred in Carter County on Highway 362, officials from the Tennessee Highway Patrol say. One car, driven by a 47-year-old man, was heading northbound in a southbound lane of the highway, and it collided head-on with another car travelling south. The second car was driven by a 33-year-old man.

The man in the second car died at the scene of the accident. The man in the first vehicle became trapped inside his vehicle as it caught flames. Luckily, two individuals stopped to render aid and were able to pull him out of his burning vehicle. He was rushed to a local medical center. Police say alcohol was a contributing factor in this fatal crash.

Charges are currently pending, authorities say. The family of the deceased may decide to pursue a wrongful death claim in a Tennessee civil court in relation to this accident. Successfully navigated, this type of claim may result in financial compensation awarded to the decedent's family members as restitution for medical costs, funeral arrangements and other documented expenses incurred as a result of the fatal accident. These individuals often consult an experienced personal injury attorney to assess their situation and assist them in litigating this type of claim.

Source: wjhl.com, "EMT and sheriff's lieutenant come across fatal accident; saves victim from burning car", Curtis McCloud, Feb. 15, 2016

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