In the midst of spring, nice weather and declining gas prices, more and more individuals will be taking road trips this summer. However, more cars on Tennessee roads increase the chances for accidents to occur. A fatal five-car accident recently took the life of one individual. It occurred near Memphis on a recent Saturday morning in May.
The accident was on I-40, close to Sycamore. Around 5 a.m. that morning, Memphis police were called to the site of the accident. According to the accident report, it appears as though as though a chain reaction crash occurred.
Apparently, the driver of a sedan noticed a car that was broken down on the side of the road. She attempted to go around it, but it was at this point that her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by a 23-year-old woman. After the collision, the two waited around for the authorities to arrive, only to have an SUV crash into the second car. This lead to a third car being struck. The driver of the second vehicle was killed in the process.
The SUV driver is now facing charges, including vehicular homicide, reckless driving and financial responsibility. The surviving family members of the deceased victim may opt to pursue civil claims against the driver deemed to have been at fault. A successfully litigated claim may result in monetary restitution that could help the victim's family address the financial losses that accrue. A car accident like this is tragic no matter the circumstances, and a Tennessee family has every right to investigate their legal options when a loved one is killed due to the negligence of someone else.
Source: wreg.com, "Woman killed in chain reaction crash in I-40 construction area", Eryn Taylor, May 7, 2016