Hit-and-run accidents can happen anywhere, leaving victims wondering what happened and what they are going to do. In many cases, authorities are able to find the party believed responsible for the car accident. When that happens and with the assistance of personal injury and wrongful death lawyers, Tennessee victims can file civil claims against the party deemed responsible.
A recent hit-and-run crash occurred on Interstate 24 and involved two vehicles. A 35-year-old man was traveling along the roadway before he lost control of the car and slammed into another vehicle, according to reports. The second automobile then traveled into a guardrail, causing it to come to a stop. The severe impact of the collision had tragic results.
The 47-year-old driver of the second vehicle was unable to overcome the injuries that she suffered and was pronounced dead at the scene by officials. The driver allegedly responsible continued away from the scene, but was later pulled over by authorities. He is facing charges of vehicular assault, vehicular homicide by intoxication and others. This driver is being held in jail with bond set at $122,000.
The family members of the victim killed in this car accident have the right to file civil claims on her behalf. If successfully litigated, these claims may result in financial compensation for the end-of-life expenses and other monetary damages. Other victims of motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee may have the right to take action following an accident, as well. Lawyers in the fields of personal injury and wrongful death can provide guidance and ongoing support in those circumstances.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Nashville Police: Man Charged in Hit-and-Run Fatal Accident", April 29, 2017