Distracted driving seems to cause more and more car crashes every year. Whether one is texting, under the influence or simply not paying attention, a car accident can result before one realizes what is happening. Victims of distracted driving collisions who suffered personal injury or family members of those who have lost their lives have the right to file civil claims. Tennessee lawyers can provide guidance as victims take action.
One Monday afternoon a 17-year-old girl was traveling along a state highway. Just after 4 p.m., a man driving a motor vehicle in the opposite direction got distracted and lost control. His car crossed over the centerline dividing traffic and slammed into the 17-year-old's vehicle. The head-on collision had a severe impact.
The man who was allegedly responsible for this motor vehicle accident suffered unknown injuries and was transported to a nearby medical center for treatment. He is reportedly in stable condition. Unfortunately, the 17-year-old girl suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by officials. Authorities continue to investigate this crash and the factors that may have caused it.
While the driver allegedly responsible for this car accident is not facing any charges at this point in the investigation, the family members of the victim have the right to file claims on her behalf. These wrongful death claims, if successfully litigated, may result in some financial compensation for the end-of-life expenses that the family now faces. Professionals in personal injury and wrongful death law in Tennessee can provide assistance to grieving families throughout this process.
Source: wkrn.com, "Teenage girl killed in head-on crash in Giles County", May 1, 2017