After crash, victims' families may seek wrongful death

A single-vehicle accident resulted in two individuals being killed while five others suffered injuries. The fatal accident occurred on a recent Saturday night in Wilson County, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said. The families of the deceased victims may be entitled to file wrongful death claims in relation to this accident.

The accident occurred around 10 p.m. in Lebanon. Seven individuals were traveling in a SUV in the westbound lane of traffic. For reasons that are currently unclear, the vehicle's operator suddenly lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over, onto its side. It came to rest in the middle of the road.

A 32-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, both of Elmwood, died in the crash, THP said. It is unclear what the extent of the other five passengers' injuries were. The driver was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol at the time of the accident, according to the incident report. The toxicology reports are still pending.

Whether or not the driver was, in fact, impaired, wrongful death claims will likely be filed in connection with this tragic vehicular accident. In the event that a Tennessee court determines that the driver's negligence caused and/or contributed to the two victims' fatal injuries, then damages may be awarded to their respective families and can be used for end-of-life expenses. When Tennessee residents are in the process of considering whether or not they're entitled to file wrongful death claims, they typically consult with experienced personal injury attorneys to assess the validity of their claims and begin the process.

Source: wkrn.com, "2 killed, 5 injured in single-vehicle crash on I-40 West in Wilson County", Julie Edwards, April 10, 2016

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