Family may seek wrongful death suit after death of mother

The driver of a car who was the cause of a recent fatal car accident that took the life of a 37-year-old Tennessee mother may have been driving under the influence. The accident occurred on a recent Friday night in May. In a tragic accident such as this, the deceased victim's family may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the other driver.

The other driver, a 61-year-old woman, was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed while weaving in and out of traffic shortly before the accident occurred, witnesses reported. The woman seemed to make no effort to either slow down or stop her vehicle, witnesses reported. The woman's car reportedly rear-ended the car that contained the mother and her 4-year-old daughter.

Officers found the mother and her daughter trapped in a car that was damaged severely and immediately began to attempt to extricate them. Once removed, they were rushed to a local hospital, where the mother died from her injuries. The older woman was booked into county jail on a slew of charges, including vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident. Officers at the scene who spoke with the woman reported that she exhibited many of the signs that she was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic and could not perform field sobriety tests.

Knowing that a loved one died from preventable injuries is traumatic. Added to this trauma, a surviving family may then be overwhelmed and burdened with the expenses of a funeral and burial as well as the loss of their loved one's income. In order to obtain financial relief, the family may pursue a wrongful death claim in a Tennessee civil court. However, to successfully navigate such a claim, sufficient evidence to show the other driver was driving negligently will have to be gathered. Many families in similar situations choose to consult experienced personal injury attorneys to assist them with the entire process.

Source: oakridger.com, "Woman jailed in fatal accident", Russel Langley, May 10, 2016

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