Family may seek wrongful death claim in death of child

A young girl was killed recently when a car that she was riding in was involved in a car accident. The accident took place early on a recent Monday in Maury County, officials say. When a tragic accident like this occurs in Tennessee that results in the death of an individual, the victim's loved ones may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim.

In addition to the fatal victim, a 9-year-old girl, two other children -- a 6-year-old and a 12-year-old -- were injured. The accident occurred when the driver of a car in which the children were passengers initiated a left-hand turn off of the highway and onto a local road. As it was doing so, a pickup truck rear-ended it.

The children who survived as well as both drivers were taken to local area hospitals. The 6-year-old, a sister of the deceased victim, was listed as being in critical condition. The driver of the truck apparently admitted to officials as being distracted at the time he rear-ended the car. Citations and/or charges appear to be pending.

Knowing that a loved one died from injuries suffered in a preventable accident is devastating. While grieving an unthinkable loss, surviving family members may be faced with expenses that resulted from the accident, such as burial costs. They may choose to pursue a wrongful death claim in a Tennessee civil court. In order to successfully navigate a claim such as this, sufficient evidence that shows that driver error -- or another form of negligence -- on the behalf of another party must be presented in court. An experienced personal injury attorney is often consulted in order to do so.

Source:, "9-year-old killed, 2 children, 2 adults injured in crash near Columbia", Dec. 7, 2015

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