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Knoxville 3-vehicle crash may result in wrongful death suit

An accident occurred recently that took the lives of two individuals and injured several others. The accident occurred late last week in Knoxville, Knox County. When Tennessee residents are killed due to the negligence of other drivers, their loved ones are typically entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the responsible party.

Police say the accident occurred when a sedan reportedly pulled into the path of an SUV at a highway intersection. The SUV was unable to avoid hitting the vehicle. Both vehicles then crashed into a third vehicle that was stopped at a red light.

The driver of the sedan is still being treated for life-threatening injuries, while one of the passengers in his vehicle was killed at the scene. Another passenger, his wife, later died from injuries incurred at the time of the crash. The driver of the SUV and her child and the driver of the third vehicle were treated for non life-threatening injuries.

This fatal car accident is still under investigation. Once this is complete, it is possible that criminal charges will be filed against the driver of the first vehicle. If prosecutors secure a conviction on a criminal charge related to this accident, the conviction might be offered as evidence of negligence in a wrongful death suit, should one be filed in a civil court by the family of the decedent killed at the scene. Successfully navigated, this type of suit can result in the entry of a monetary judgment for damages. Those in Tennessee who lose a loved one in a similar type of accident are best served by consulting an experienced personal injury attorney as soon after the tragedy as possible.

Source: wbir.com, "2 Wisconsin women killed in East Knox crash", Feb. 16, 2016

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