Victims involved in motor vehicle collisions have the right to take action. Filing civil claims for the wrongful death of a loved one or for one's personal injury can provide one with a sense of comfort during a time of grief. A recent car accident in Tennessee has left a community and family heartbroken for the loss of a young man.
A 21-year-old man was driving a motor vehicle along a wet roadway late one evening. As he attempted to negotiate a curve in the road, the driver allegedly lost control of the automobile and slammed into a brick mailbox. The 18-year-old passenger in the vehicle suffered a critical injury and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he passed away the next morning.
The driver also suffered injury during the course of this car accident and remains in the hospital. Authorities report that alcohol and drugs are not believed to have played a part in this crash, although the driver was allegedly driving too fast for the road conditions. No charges have been filed at this point; officials continue to investigate the factors at work in this collision.
The family members of the victim who lost his life in this automobile crash may have the right to file civil claims for his wrongful death. If successfully litigated, these claims may provide some financial compensation for the end-of-life expenses that this family is now facing. Victims and their loved ones of similar car accidents in Tennessee may have the right to take action as well. Legal professionals in this field can provide guidance as one determines what his or her next step should be.
Source: wkrn.com, "18-year-old killed, driver injured in south Nashville crash", Dec. 5, 2016