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Who can pursue wrongful death damages in Tennessee?

In terms of emotional pain, little compares to the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one in an accident. When the accident was completely preventable and caused by the negligent actions of another party, though, the pain and anguish are even worse. In such instances, many Tennessee residents choose to seek some form of justice and restitution through a wrongful death claim, but not everyone will be legally entitled to such damages. Generally, the people who can pursue wrongful death claims are limited to spouses, parents and children.

Spouses can make claims relating to the loss of companionship and emotional anguish they experience after losing their husbands and wives. Although the damages are difficult to quantify in financial terms, Tennessee courts have methodologies to evaluate such abstract damages in civil proceedings. Furthermore, spouses may have the right to pursue damages relating to lost family income and lost future inheritance.

Automaker recalls defective vehicles to prevent car wrecks

Tennessee Mitsubishi drivers need to be aware of a recent recall by the manufacturer. Mitsubishi says that more than 130,000 of its vehicles are in need of repairs in order to prevent the danger of car wrecks. The affected automobiles suffer from defects relating to their windshield defrosters, windshield wipers, power windows, headlights and taillights.

Of the recalled cars, 77,000 have problems with the blower motors that run their windshield defrosters. If these blower motors fail, it could cause the entire windshield to fog up and render the driver blind. Mitsubishi models affected by this issue are 2009 to 2011 Lancers, 2010 to 2011 Sportbacks, 2010 to 2011 Evolutions and 2011 Outlander Sports.

Speeding teenager allegedly caused injuries to 4 others

The number of car accidents that involve teenage drivers is a concern to many people across the country, including in Tennessee. The lack of driving experience may contribute to teenage crashes, especially when they are speeding. Unfortunately, teenagers often travel in groups, and it is not uncommon for several passengers to suffer injuries, or worse, when accidents occur.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to an auto accident that occurred on Highway 395 in Unicoi County on a recent Monday evening. Preliminary reports indicate that a speeding vehicle carrying two 17-year-old and two 16-year-old teenagers traveled across the center line and struck a pickup truck head-on. All occupants of the car, except the 17-year-old driver, suffered injuries, and a helicopter transported two of them to a hospital while the third one was transported by road.

Car accident in Tennnesse leaves 1 dead

A car accident can be a deeply unsettling experience in a person's life. An accident that takes the life of a loved one can be traumatizing for those left behind. A car accident killed a 29-year-old Tennessee man last week. According to the authorities, charges are still pending for the driver of the vehicle who caused the head-on collision.

The accident in question occurred around 6:30 p.m. and involved two cars. According to the Sheriff's Office's crash report, a westbound BMW ran off the road's shoulder. The driver of the vehicle attempted to steady it, but over-corrected instead, which resulted in it crossing the center line and striking an oncoming Hyundai head-on.

Motorcycle accident in Tennessee kills 2 and injures 1

Motorcycle accidents are often extremely dangerous. Since motorcycles offer no protection, serious injuries or deaths are often the result. In one recent tragic Tennessee accident that occurred in mid-April, a 31-year-old motorcyclist and a 21-year-old man were killed, and a 23-year-old woman was critically injured.

The accident happened recently on Interstate 40 in Memphis. Upon a preliminary investigation, police say that the catastrophe started when a dog house fell out of the back of a truck. The driver of the truck stopped and exited his vehicle in an attempt to get the dog house when the operator of a motorcycle struck him.

Hit-and-run accident kills Tennessee man

Car accidents are, unfortunately, a common occurrence in Tennessee. Even if everyone involved escapes injury, something as minor as a fender bender can leave the parties affected deeply shaken and overwhelmed emotionally. However, when a car accident results in the death of an innocent victim, Tennessee law provides  an opportunity to pursue a claim for financial recourse for the family of the deceased victim.

A 71-year-old Maryville man was killed in a hit-and-run accident on a recent Wednesday. He had just left a shopping center in an electric wheelchair when a car operated by 21-year-old Maryville man hit him. The accident occurred at a local intersection shortly before 2:15 p.m. The victim suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at a local medical center.

Tennessee car accident claims life of toddler

A 3-month-old baby boy, who died in a car accident in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Friday morning, has been identified. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that the baby died as a result of a two-car collision. The accident happened a little after 11 a.m. along Tennessee 99.

Authorities claim that two vehicles were driving eastbound along Tennessee 99 on Friday when one of them stopped in the middle of the road. The other vehicle, an SUV, crashed into the stopped car. At this time, troopers do not know why the first vehicle stopped. The driver of the SUV claimed that he took his eyes off the roadway for an instant, and, when he looked up, the stopped vehicle was in his path. Unfortunately, he was traveling too fast stop.

Have you suffered construction injuries in Tennessee?

Operators of heavy machinery at construction sites face serious dangers on the job. One wrong move and the operator of the machinery or a nearby person could suffer a catastrophic or fatal injury. This is why it is absolutely necessary that machinery like forklifts, cranes, bulldozers and backhoes are maintained in perfect working condition. It is equally important that the operators of these machines receive appropriate safety training to limit the chances of an accident that results in construction injuries.

When a Tennessee worker follows the rules and protocol associated with his or her construction job, and when the worker is properly trained in safety procedures, it limits the chances of an accident occurring dramatically. That said, workers do not always follow safety procedures, and sometimes they get lazy and overconfident. This is when injuries happen, and it can happen to the best and most responsible of us. 

Fatal drunk driving accident results in vehicular homicide charge

Fatal drunk driving car crashes claim the lives of Tennessee residents virtually every single week, but that does not make hearing about them any easier. The people who suffer the most, though, are the family members and friends these fatal car accidents leave behind. Indeed, there is nothing worse than losing a loved one in an unexpected drunk driving car accident.

In one such fatal car accident that happened about two months ago, family members of a fatally injured 21-year-old man have suffered from such a loss of a loved one. Their loved one was riding in the vehicle of a friend, who has since been charged with vehicular homicide relating to the car accident. The 22-year-old driver tested with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20 percent -- well over double the legal limit. 

Injured workers complain about burns at McDonald's

Employees from various McDonald's restaurant locations across the country have banded together in protest of the restaurant's treatment of their burn injuries. The employees say that McDonald's failed to give them appropriate first aid after they were burned on the job. The injured workers have organized protests, and they have received support for the "Fight for 15" workers' rights group, which is demanding that fast food employees in Tennessee and the rest of the country receive a minimum wage increase up to $15.00.

One man who was burned while working at McDonald's said that he plans to file a federal complaint over the incident. He said that he was removing some hot apple pies from a McDonald's oven when he was burned above his eye. After rushing to the first-aid kit, he was surprised to find it was completely empty, without even a band-aid inside.

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