A multi-vehicle accident claimed the life of a fourth grade student and injured two others recently. The accident took place while the children were headed to school on a recent Monday morning in December. When a fatal accident like this occurs in Tennessee due to another individual's negligence, the remaining loved ones are typically entitled to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the party or parties believed to have been responsible.
The 9-year-old girl, who attended Culleoka Unit School, succumbed to her injuries after a pickup truck rear-ended the car in which she was a passenger, authorities say. The car was on New Lewisburg Highway and, around 7 a.m., was attempting to turn onto a local road that was located in Maury County, just off Interstate 65. According to the authorities, the 21-year-old driver of the truck did not see that the car in front of him was turning -- he did not hit his brakes.
Both the driver of the car and the truck driver were rushed to a local hospital. The girl's 6-year-old sister as well as her 12-year-old cousin were airlifted to a medical center in Nashville, where they are currently listed in serious condition, officials say. The investigation is ongoing and investigators are currently at work to determine whether distracted driving occurred or cellphone use factored into the crash.
When individuals are grieving from a loss as tragic and unexpected as this, the tragedy is compounded when they learn that the accident could have been prevented. Fortunately, when Tennessee residents lose loved ones in car accidents caused by another individual's negligence, they are typically entitled to seek legal recourse in a Tennessee civil court. In so doing, they may be able to lessen some of the financial burden caused by the loss of their loved ones.
Source: wkrn.com, "4th grader killed in Maury County crash; Little sister, cousin injured", Dec. 7, 2015