Tennessee residents who find themselves involved in car accidents know first-hand that their effects can be felt long after the accident occurs. Whether individuals are seriously injured or killed, these effects can remain with those individuals or their families for the remainder of their lives. When a car accident results in the death of another individual, that individual's family sometimes chooses to file a wrongful death suit against the driver believed to have caused the accident.
A fatal accident that occurred earlier this year has resulted in a teen facing a multitude of charges. It occurred in May on Highway 385 in Memphis, around 3:30 p.m. The four-vehicle crash led to one death, one individual being critically injured and three others suffering other injuries.
The accident occurred when the teen, a 17-year-old girl, was driving an SUV on the eastbound lane of the highway but then left the roadway. The vehicle crossed the median and veered into oncoming traffic, at which point it crashed into a car. The driver of that car was fatally wounded and the passenger suffered critical injuries. The SUV then collided with a third vehicle and its occupants all suffered a variety of injuries. Investigators recently received the toxicology results and the teen was formally charged, arrested and now faces multiple charges, including DUI and driving while texting.
A wrongful death claim can do little to erase a family's grief. However, it can, nonetheless, sometimes provide financial relief from the burdens that are typically associated with a tragic death such as occurred in this accident. When successfully navigated, compensation derived may be used to cover typical end-of-life expenses. A Tennessee family who is grieving the loss of a loved one may choose to consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can advocate on their behalf as well as assist them with the process of submitting a claim.
Source: wmcactionnews5.com, "Teenager charged with DUI, distracted driving in fatal crash", Oct. 5, 2015