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Victims have rights after personal injury in Tennessee

A fatal weekend crash has authorities investigating the causes and possible charges that may result. Even if officials do not file criminal charges against the allegedly responsible party, victims have the right to take action for themselves or on behalf of a loved one who lost his or her life. Victims that suffer personal injury in Tennessee motor vehicle collisions can seek assistance from legal professionals as they work to exercise their rights.

This particular incident occurred when one vehicle attempted to make a left turn after the light had turned red, authorities report. Another vehicle was traveling through the intersection in the opposite direction when the turning car failed to yield the right of way. The resulting collision injured several and took the life of one victim.

The driver allegedly responsible was the only occupant in her vehicle. The other car involved in the crash was carrying three occupants, including a 3-month-old baby in the backseat. Everyone involved was transported a nearby hospital for treatment of the injuries that they suffered. Tragically, the front seat passenger of the second vehicle was not able to overcome her injury and died early the following morning. All other injuries were determined to be non-life threatening.

The family members of the woman killed in this Tennessee car accident have the right to file claims for her wrongful death. The injured victims also have the right to take action for their own personal injury resulting from this collision. If successfully litigated, these claims may result in compensation for medical expenses and other damages recognized by our laws. Legal professionals in this field can assist victims as they work to take the next step after a serious motor vehicle crash.

Source: wjhl.com, "Woman dies in West Stone Drive crash in Kingsport; Charges pending", Sept. 12, 2016

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