Many think of motor vehicle collisions involving solely those old enough to drive. However, children are often innocent passengers in Tennessee car accidents, resulting in injury or even death. One recent crash involved two vehicles, leaving several dead and one child suffering personal injury. The family members of the deceased victims and the parents or guardians of the injured child may be entitled to file claims for financial relief through the civil justice system.
A 59-year-old man was traveling along the roadway on a Wednesday night headed westward. As his vehicle was moving, the driver crossed over the centerline separating opposing traffic. This SUV soon collided with another vehicle head-on, sending the two cars spinning until they came to a stop facing the opposite direction.
The impact killed the driver believed responsible for the tragedy. The driver and one occupant of the other vehicle, a 44-year-old man and 34-year-old woman, were also killed during the course of this fatal accident. The 6-year-old boy in the back of the second vehicle survived the crash, but had to be transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of the injuries that he suffered. Officials have not reported his condition.
Since the party deemed responsible for this motor vehicle accident died in the crash, no criminal charges have been filed. However, family members of the victims who lost their lives and the parents or guardians of the surviving child have the right to file claims in civil court. If successfully litigated, these wrongful death and personal injury claims may result in financial relief for the damages resulting from the car accident. Other victims of collisions in Tennessee can seek legal counsel for guidance and assistance in pursuing claims for monetary damages.
Source: wkrn.com, "3 people killed, 1 child injured in crash on Salem Pike in Murfreesboro", Jan. 4, 2017