Motor vehicle collisions typically result in property damage, injuries and sometimes even the death of a loved one. In the wake of a car accident, victims -- including the surviving families of deceased victims -- may have the right to file civil claims for financial relief. In Tennessee, lawyers can assist those seeking to take action for their personal injuries and/or the wrongful death of a family member.
A recent collision involved a 44-year-old pedestrian and a motor vehicle. The man had been crossing the street as a car was traveling along the roadway. The 30-year-old driver swerved in an attempt to avoid the pedestrian, but her car still struck the man. The crash caused him serious injuries. Though transported to a nearby hospital, he succumbed to the injuries that he suffered.
The driver was not reported to have suffered any injury during the course of the crash. She is facing charges for driving with a suspended license and for failure to provide proof of insurance; additional charges may result following a completed investigation. In this case, the victim's family may be able to file claims for uninsured motorist coverage under the the motor vehicle or property insurance policies of the victim. A lawyer can assist the family in investigating the possibility of making these claims, as well as in guiding them through the process.
The family members of the pedestrian that lost his life also have the right to file civil claims for his wrongful death. If successfully litigated, these claims may result in a monetary judgment for end-of-life expenses and other financial losses. This family, as well as other victims of Tennessee car accidents, can seek the assistance of legal professionals as they confront the wrongful death claims process. With appropriate guidance, all applicable claims can be filed efficiently, focused on achieving the maximum available recovery.
Source: wmcactionnews5.com, "Pedestrian dead, driver charged after crash in Frayser", Feb. 3, 2017