A Tennessee family from Franklin has to find a way to move forward after a devastating accident that took the lives of two of their loved ones. Winter is typically a time when the number of fatal road accidents increases. In this incident, the fatal victims had actually stopped to help a victim of another accident. The circumstances of their deaths may give rise to wrongful death claims.
Franklin police reported that the accident occurred on a recent Monday night. A mother and her 10-year-old son were reportedly traveling home after doing some grocery shopping. Along the way, they noticed an SUV that had overturned after sliding on an icy road. Both the mother and son got out of their vehicle to see whether any assistance was required at the accident scene.
Police say an approaching semi truck smashed into them, killing the child instantly. The mother was rushed to a hospital but died shortly after arrival. Police are puzzled by the circumstances. They are working to determine what happened before, during and after the accident. They say many other motorists witnessed the tragic accident, which may assist in understanding the trail of events.
Surviving family members of Tennessee residents killed in circumstances that may have been caused by the negligent actions of another party may pursue claims for recovery of monetary damages. Not only will they have to cope with medical and end-of-life expenses, but they will also be denied the companionship and love of their deceased loved ones. They have the right to file wrongful death claims in a civil court. If the alleged negligent driver was operating a company vehicle, such as the truck driver in this tragedy, the employer may also be named as a defendant.
Source: wkrn.com, "Dash cam video shows I-65 crash after mother, son hit by semi", Feb. 20, 2015