Wrongful death claim possible after man's death in Tennessee

It isn't often that people take their life in their own hands when attending a concert outdoors. But sometimes when it's least expected, the absolute worst happens. Such was the case with a man who was struck and fatally wounded by a vehicle at a concert recently. In Tennessee, when a victim is killed by another person who was found to be negligent, the victim's family might have cause to file a wrongful death suit.

The fatal occurrence happened on a Saturday night in late May at the Trail Ends campgrounds in Huntsville, Scott County. After a concert, a group of around 50 people stayed behind in a field. A 42 year-old man allegedly drove his SUV into the crowd of people attempting to ram them.

He ran over a 52-year-old man in the process who, according to witnesses, jumped in to help when he noticed the SUV was dragging a person through the gathering. The victim was taken to a local medical center but was pronounced dead early the next morning. The driver was arrested and charged with criminal homicide as well as reckless endangerment.

Losing a loved one is, unquestionably, one of the most difficult and emotional events in someone's life. If the victim is killed due to another person's negligence, everything becomes even more traumatic. Although there is, ultimately, no monetary compensation that can truly make up for the loss that the surviving family must face, the Tennessee legal system and a successful wrongful death suit offers recourse that can, in some way, recognize the value of the victim's life, help compensate for his or her death and help the family survive the economic loss that follows such a senseless tragedy.

Source: wkrn.com, "Tenn. man charged for driving into crowd, killing 1 at Trace Adkins concert", May 25, 2015

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