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Tennessee drunk driver accident claims life of ex-lawmaker

Tennessee drivers strive to operate their motor vehicles safely to avoid car accidents. However, in some cases, a crash is unavoidable -- especially when it is caused by another driver who happens to be drunk behind the wheel. Unfortunately, a drunk driving car accident like this can happen in an instant, but those who are harmed (and their family members) may be affected by the harsh reality of its aftermath for years to come.

Recently, a man from East Tennessee was charged with vehicular homicide after he allegedly caused a car accident that killed ex-District State House representative Michael K. Locke. According to police, the 61-year-old former politician was putting up signs for a political candidate he supported when he suffered fatal injuries in the accident. Locke had been involved in local politics in Sullivan County for the last 25 years.

Following the tragic collision, authorities apprehended the driver of the car that hit the politician. Police have since charged the driver with vehicular homicide while intoxicated. He has also been charged with DUI, fleeing a fatal accident scene and failing to maintain control of his vehicle. It is unknown whether the man has obtained legal representation to defend himself against the allegations.

The state of Tennessee takes drunk driving accidents seriously, both in criminal and civil court. Family members who lose a loved one in an accident caused by an inebriated driver may wish to assess accident scene evidence, police reports, witness testimony and other crucial information to document a case for financial relief. While no amount of litigation could ever right the wrong or eliminate the pain of losing a dear one in an unjust accident, the process of pursuing a wrongful death claim in such cases may help victims to obtain a monetary judgment for damages and to achieve a certain level of closure regarding the tragedy.

Source: greenfieldreporter.com, "Man charged with DUI, fleeing scene in death of former East Tennessee lawmaker", , June 25, 2014

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