A car accident that took place recently claimed the lives of three individuals. The accident occurred on a recent Sunday night in Greeneville, Greene County, the Tennessee Highway Patrol says. It is possible that the victims' families may decide to pursue wrongful death suits against the responsible party or parties.
The driver of the car and the only individual to make it out of the accident alive is 18 years old. He was allegedly going 60 mph in a section that was limited to 30 mph, investigators say. Greeneville Police say that when they attempted to stop the speeding car, it instead sped up.
After the car sped up, it began to go around a bend in the road. However, the car failed to negotiate the bend, the driver lost control of his vehicle, it collided with a tree and three passengers were killed. The accident report states that none of the passengers were wearing seat belts and that there was evidence that suggested alcohol and drug use. The driver had not been drinking, police say, but blood tests were conducted on everyone in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle will be facing charges of three counts of criminal negligent homicide. If he is convicted of these charges, the conviction may be offered as evidence in a wrongful death suit. The conviction could help in establishing negligence on the part of the driver -- this is required to be proved before a Tennessee civil court will consider an award of damages. Families who have lost someone who was killed in a car accident typically consult an experienced personal injury attorney in order to establish the validity of a proposed wrongful death suit as well as to receive advice and guidance throughout the process, including any necessary litigation.
Source: wjhl.com, "Teen driver charged in triple-fatal Greene Co. crash", Laura Halm, Feb. 1, 2016