A young child and a woman were recently killed in an extremely tragic car accident. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the 33-year-old woman apparently lost control of her vehicle. However, investigations to determine exactly what happened to cause the fatal car accident are ongoing.
For as yet unknown reasons, the woman's vehicle went out of control and veered across the road, smashed into a tree and was engulfed in flames. There were two young girls in the backseat of the vehicle, ages five and six. The 5-year-old was killed in the accident, but the 6-year-old miraculously survived, though she did suffer non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, police have not revealed the relationship of the girls to the driver, if any.
Tragic single-vehicle car crashes like this one happen every single day. Aside from encouraging drivers to be careful on the road, follow traffic laws and use their seat belts, there is often little that can be done to prevent them. When one of these accidents occurs, however, it sends shockwaves through the community as family members and seriously injured victims struggle to recover and move forward from the tragedy.
The legal consequences regarding this fatal Tennessee car accident will likely depend upon the relationship between the driver and the two girls. If the driver was not related to either girl or even to just one of them, the other family or families will surely want answers. They will retain the right to pursue legal action, either in the form of a personal injury claim or a wrongful death lawsuit, as the case may be. If everyone involved in the crash was part of the same family, that may impact decisions concerning claims for legal relief. In the very least, the family will need to investigate insurance coverage and claims procedures at the same time that they are struggling with such an immense tragedy.
Source: commercialappeal.com, Mid-South Briefs: Woman, child killed in fiery crash in Pulaski, Tennessee, No author, Jan. 12, 2014