DUI driver claims 2 lives in Tennessee

A Georgia man was arrested in Clarksville after an unfortunate crash claimed the lives of two people. According to police, the man caused the accident because he was driving drunk. They charged him with vehicle assault, vehicle homicide, failure to adhere to a traffic signal and DUI.

Police indicate that the accident happened a little before 1:30 a.m., on Sunday. The names and sexes of the fatally injured accident victims have yet to be released. What we do know is that they were only 18 and 20 years of age.

There is no doubt the loss of these two young souls will send shockwaves of grief throughout their communities. The families of the victims will also suffer tremendously as they come to grips with the reality that they will never see their loved ones again.

Our state's criminal justice system will seek to punish those who break the law -- like the alleged drunk driver in this case -- by either putting them in jail, forcing them to do community service, fining them or punishing them in other ways. This can help bring some sense of closure to family members, but family members will still be left in a difficult situation due to the financial costs of end of life expenses and the possible tremendous losses in family income related to their family member's death.

It is for this reason that family members of those killed by drunk drivers may want to seek financial restitution in civil court by filing a wrongful death claim. By holding the at-fault parties accountable like this, family members can seek compensation for end of life expenses, money to pay for lost family income, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, costs associated with attorneys' fees and more.

Source: wbbjtv.com, "Georgia man charged in Tennessee crash that killed 2," Oct. 23, 2016

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