A heartbreaking motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer has left a family and community grieving. The surviving family members of this fatal car accident may have the right to take action on behalf of those who lost their lives. Filing claims for their wrongful death may give the family some sense of comfort in the midst of this tragedy. Other Tennessee families going through the aftermath of a fatal car crash may also be able to take action; personal injury attorneys can assist them with this process.
An SUV carrying a family of six was traveling along an interstate in Tennessee when traffic in front of them caused the driver to slow his vehicle to a stop. A semi-truck moving along the roadway behind them, however, reportedly failed to slow down or stop and slammed into the back of the SUV. The impact had fatal results.
The two little girls in the back row of the SUV, 7 and 9 years old, suffered the biggest impact. Both were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment; the 7-year-old passed that night and the 9-year-old succumbed to her injuries the following morning. The 4-year-old and 15-month-old in the middle row of the vehicle suffered injuries, but are expected to fully recover. The man driving the SUV -- the father of the children -- was also injured. The mother, sitting in the front passenger seat, did not suffer any injury.
The driver of the tractor-trailer received treatment for injuries suffered, and no charges have been filed at this point in the investigation. These parents who lost two of their precious children have the right to file civil claims for their wrongful death. These civil claims are not contingent on criminal charges being filed against the party deemed responsible. If successfully litigated, any judgment awarded may provide financial relief for the end-of-life expenses and other damages that the family now faces. Legal professionals in Tennessee can assist victims of similar motor vehicle accidents in the state.
Source: dispatch.com, "Two young sisters die from Friday Outerbelt crash", Jim Woods, Sept. 20, 2016