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Fatal accident claims life of father and daughter

A serious car accident that killed two and injured one other occurred recently in Sumner County. The Bethpage accident may have involved a vehicle initiating an illegal pass, police said. When a Tennessee resident is killed in an accident, the victim's loved ones may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim in civil court.

The accident occurred around 8:40 on a recent Friday night in March, police said. Investigators say a 22-year-old Portland woman was driving, her 55-year-old Westmorland father a passenger in the vehicle's front seat. Their vehicle was traveling in the southbound lane when a pickup truck in the northbound lane attempted to pass another vehicle.

Accident reconstructionists believe that, with the pickup in her lane and about to hit her head on, the woman swerved to avoid it. In doing so, she overcorrected, swerving into the oncoming traffic lane. A second pickup truck in the northbound lane struck her truck. The woman and her father died at the scene of the accident, police said, while the driver of the truck that struck them was rushed to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This tragic accident is still under investigation, but according to police, a possible suspect has been identified and toxicology reports are currently pending. If the the gathered evidence suggests that driver's negligence was a contributing factor in causing the two deaths, the victims' family may elect to file a wrongful death claim against the driver in a Tennessee civil court. A successfully litigated claim may result in the entry of a monetary judgment, and the compensation derived from it may be used to offset some of the financial burdens that victims' families typically encounter, including end-of-life costs. Experienced personal injury attorneys are typically consulted to help with such claims.

Source: smokeybarn.com, "Father, Daughter Killed In Fatal Hwy 31E Crash Friday", March 26, 2016

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