When a car accident in Tennessee occurs, the aftermath can have serious effects on an individual's life. When the affected individual is seriously injured or killed, the repercussions of the accident can follow him or her, or surviving family members, around for life. When an individual is killed in a car accident due to the negligence of another individual, the surviving family sometimes seeks to file a wrongful death claim.
A recent car accident that left one dead is still being investigated by police. The crash happened in Memphis on a recent Sunday morning on I-240. According to the police, a man was driving westbound when he somehow lost control of his vehicle, which caused it to leave the roadway.
When he swerved to get back on the roadway, the car ended up heading eastbound in the westbound traffic's lane and collided head-on with another car, according to police. Both drivers were rushed to a local medical center in noncritical condition, but, unfortunately, the passenger of the second vehicle was killed at the scene. During the police's investigation, police say they found several open bottles of beer inside the first vehicle, and the driver appeared to be under the influence. He was arrested and has been charged with DUI, vehicular homicide as well as other charges
As the man heads to criminal court to answer the formal charges, the victims and their families will be focused on recovering from the results of the accident. Whether the other driver was impaired or not, a wrongful death claim and, separately, a personal injury claim may be filed in civil court with regard to this accident. If a Tennessee court rules that the driver's negligence caused or contributed to the injuries suffered, then damages may be awarded to the victim as well as the victim's family. Victims of similar car accidents typically choose to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for advice and assistance in seeking financial relief from the parties deemed responsible.
Source: wreg.com, "One dead, two arrested after car accident on I-240", Ashley Forest and Michael Quander, Oct. 18, 2015