A fatal two-vehicle accident occurred recently. The car accident took place in Knoxville on a recent Wednesday afternoon in December. In similar circumstances, an accident victim's surviving loved ones may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim in a Tennessee civil court.
According to the preliminary investigation, the 38-year-old woman was a passenger in a car that was traveling north on a local road, approaching an intersection. The car's driver proceeded to disregard the red light and drove through the intersection. As it did so, a pickup truck crashed into it.
The woman suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and later died while being treated. The other occupants of both vehicles were rushed to a local medical center. Police say that the driver of the car appeared to have been driving under the influence, and official toxicology results are pending. The investigation is still underway, but charges are said to be pending.
Losing a loved one is traumatic under any circumstances -- losing one, only to learn that the death was preventable is often even more traumatic. The victim's family may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim for financial relief against the driver believed to have been at fault. Successfully navigated in a Tennessee civil court, this kind of lawsuit may result in the entry of a monetary judgment. Any restitution that is paid may be used to help alleviate the financial burdens that arise after a fatal car accident. Families facing these issues typically choose to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to assist them with this process.
Source: wbir.com, "Woman dies in two-vehicle accident in South Knoxville", Dec. 3, 2015