There are several lucky teens in hospital beds right now. Four or five teenagers were recently hospitalized after a Tennessee car accident that occurred on Goshen Valley Road near State Highway 346 in Hawkins County. A car driven by a 16-year-old female of Bulls Gap crossed the center line and went head-on into a Chevy Silverado pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old male from Rogersville.
The car had three other teens as passengers. The car driver and the three passengers were flown to Holston Valley Medical Center and hospitalized. The driver and two passengers are listed in stable condition, while one passenger is in serious condition. Judging from photos of the totally demolished condition of the car, all four are extremely lucky to be alive.
The driver of the truck, a 16-year-old male of Rogersville suffered what the Tennessee Highway Patrol described as minor injuries. However, he was taken by ambulance to the Holston Valley Medical Center and presumably also hospitalized for some period of time. The THP also reported that speeding by the car was a contributing factor in the car accident, and that charges are pending.
At this time there are no reports of drunk driving or other impairment. If the facts hold true as reported, the driver of the car was speeding and lost control of the vehicle, allowing it to cross over into oncoming traffic. That was negligence that caused the car accident and the injuries.
Tennessee law gives each passenger a potential personal injury claim against the driver for her apparent fault in causing the car accident and their injuries. They can claim damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and permanent loss of earning capacity. If the driver's auto insurance is insufficient for full compensation, each passenger may possibly collect from their own or their parents' auto policies if they have underinsured motorists' coverage. The pickup driver also has an injury claim, whose severity is undetermined and must await doctors' reports and any further developments.
Source: wsav.com, "Five teens injured in Hawkins County crash," Kathy Booher, June 3, 2013