Tennessee readers likely know that auto accidents can happen anywhere, at any time and can involve drivers who are local or from out-of-town. Regardless, accidents caused on Tennessee roadways can be as devastating as anywhere else can. Far too often, are caused by negligence. Recently, an accident involving a semi-truck and a bicyclist has resulted in catastrophic injuries that turned tragically fatal.
According to police, a 47-year-old out-of-state man was driving a semi-truck when he struck a man riding a bicycle along Highway 70. The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries in the crash. The truck driver did not remain at the scene of the accident, and was arrested nearly 20 days following the incident.
The truck driver has since been charged with failure to yield to a bicyclist on the roadway and leaving the scene of the accident. These charges may help the family of the deceased victim to move forward knowing that justice is being served. Additionally, the charges against this driver may also work against him should the victim's family choose to pursue wrongful death actions against him.
Under Tennessee's personal injury laws, anyone who sustains catastrophic injuries or the family of someone killed in an accident, may be eligible to seek damages against any parties found to be negligent in the accident. Successfully litigated wrongful death claims could provide this victims family with compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, funeral and other expenses that they may have incurred following the accident. While there is truly no compensation for the loss of a loved one, remaining financially stable can help a grieving family move forward.
Source: lex18.com, "Kentucky Man Charged In Fatal Tennessee Hit And Run," July 8, 2013