Being involved in a motor vehicle collision is typically traumatic. The effects tend to last for months or years, while the memories may last even longer. Those families affected by fatal car wrecks in Tennessee can attest to this fact. In the midst of their grief, though, it may comfort surviving family members to know that they may have the right to take action in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.
Recently, an automobile carrying two occupants was traveling along a roadway when a crash occurred. Allegedly under the influence, the 28-year-old driving the car slammed into a utility pole, causing him to lose control and sending the vehicle careening into a nearby house. The driver, as well as the 24-year-old passenger, fled the site of the accident.
Authorities quickly arrived at the scene and were able to find and arrest the fleeing parties while they were still nearby. Tragically, the 71-year-old woman living in the house was in the room that the car struck and was killed from the impact. The driver deemed responsible is facing multiple charges, including reckless endangerment and DUI, and is being held on bond.
This fatal drunk driving accident cost one woman her life and will affect the lives of her loved ones for years to come. In the midst of this tragedy, the victim's family members have the right to file legal claims in civil court for her wrongful death. These claims can provide a sense of comfort and, if successfully litigated, may provide some financial compensation as well. An experienced attorney can assist Tennessee families who have lost loved ones in fatal car wrecks in taking the appropriate steps to file and litigate the claims applicable to their cases.
Source: fox17.com, "Charges filed against man following deadly crash into Bellevue home", Adrian Mojica, Aug. 1, 2016