In the state of Tennessee, those convicted of driving under the influence are now going to be facing harsher penalties. New laws that have recently gone into effect hope to decrease the number of car accidents and wrongful death resulting from people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For one Tennessee woman, these new laws seem to have come a little too late.
A man drove his motorcycle to work on a morning seemingly like all the rest. When his fiancé did not hear from him when he arrived, she knew something had to be up. Tragically, the young man had been involved in a head-on car accident as he traveled along the roadway.
The 24-year-old man allegedly responsible for this fatal collision is facing charges for vehicular homicide. Officials continue to investigate whether or not this driver was impaired or under the influence at the time of the crash. The victim's fiancé, now grieving the loss of her loved one, wants the man deemed responsible to be held under the new DUI laws that were put in place the day after this wreck. If authorities find that this party was under the influence, he very well may have to face these stricter penalties.
This victim's loved one is taking action on behalf of her fiancé. Other family members of victims killed in wrongful death accidents have the right to take action, as well. Filing civil claims for their wrongful death can bring a sense of comfort and closure to those grieving. They may also receive possible financial compensation for end-of-life expenses, if the claims are successfully litigated. Legal professionals can assist victims and their loved ones in taking action after a motor vehicle collision in Tennessee.
Source: wkrn.com, "Robertson County woman wants man accused in deadly crash held to new laws", Najahe Sherman, Aug. 22, 2016