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Wrongful death claim may follow accident that killed 1, injured 7

A car crash that occurred recently in Davidson County resulted in one individual's death, as well as seven others' injuries. The fatal accident occurred on a recent Monday in April, local police said. When a Tennessee resident is killed in a car accident due to another driver being at fault, it may be appropriate for the victim's family to establish whether a wrongful death suit is viable.

Officials said a 30-year-old male driver crashed his van into one vehicle at an intersection before continuing on to another intersection, where he reportedly did not stop at a red light. His vehicle then struck two SUVs. The 66-year-old Antioch man driving the first SUV died a short time later at the scene, police said.

Then, the van and the second SUV crashed into three more cars in the opposite lane of traffic. The driver of the van and his passengers were taken to a local medical center with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the second SUV, a 44-year-old Antioch man, was taken to a local medical center, where he was later treated and released.

The driver of the van is now facing criminal charges, including vehicular homicide. If prosecutors are able to secure a conviction on one of these charges, proof of guilt might be offered as evidence in a wrongful death claim filed by the victim's family. This could help to establish negligence on the part of the van's driver, which is required before a civil court will assess whether an award of damages is appropriate. A Tennessee resident whose loved one is killed in an accident such as this typically consults an experienced personal injury attorney to assess the validity of the proposed claim.

Source: tennessean.com, "Man charged in fatal Antioch crash that injured 7", Jonathan D. Garcia, Jordan Buie and Stacey Barchenger, April 19, 2016

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