Car accidents are, unfortunately, a common occurrence in Tennessee. Even if everyone involved escapes injury, something as minor as a fender bender can leave the parties affected deeply shaken and overwhelmed emotionally. However, when a car accident results in the death of an innocent victim, Tennessee law provides an opportunity to pursue a claim for financial recourse for the family of the deceased victim.
A 71-year-old Maryville man was killed in a hit-and-run accident on a recent Wednesday. He had just left a shopping center in an electric wheelchair when a car operated by 21-year-old Maryville man hit him. The accident occurred at a local intersection shortly before 2:15 p.m. The victim suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at a local medical center.
After the collision, the driver of the car backed up and fled. The authorities were alerted, and a witness provided them with his license plate number. This helped them track down the suspect, who was located at a local business after the vehicle was discovered in a library parking lot. The man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident as well as fabricating evidence.
Although the accused man is currently behind bars, the family of the deceased is left with the traumatizing effects of losing a loved one. Since negligence may very likely be a factor in this accident, a wrongful death claim may be a viable option to pursue in a Tennessee civil court. The result of a successful claim of this nature is two-fold: a sense of justice for the family and financial compensation. Though no amount of money will ever bring the victim of this tragedy back to life, it may nonetheless help to recover some of the financial damages that typically result from tragedies of this nature.
Source: wbir.com, "Man, 21, charged in hit-and-run death of man, 71, in wheelchair", April 9, 2015