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Car accident blamed on negligent driver, elderly man killed

Even the most careful and defensive driver cannot fully protect him or herself from the actions of a negligent driver. Wrecks caused by negligent or distracted drivers often have devastating consequences, including serious injuries and even death. A Tennessee man was recently the victim of a tragic car accident that police believe was caused by negligence behind the wheel.

Police say that the wreck happened around 10 p.m. on a recent Friday night. The victim was a 78-year-old man, who was driving to his home with passengers. As he made a left-hand turn into the driveway, his vehicle was struck from the side by an oncoming car that was reportedly traveling at an exceptionally high speed, killing the driver.

The passengers inside the victim's car -- including a small child -- required treatment at a nearby hospital after the wreck. The 19-year-old driver responsible for the accident and his passengers all suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, but were still taken to the hospital for precautionary treatment. Although police reported that alcohol and drugs did not appear to be involved with the wreck, they did say that the driver's high rate of speed was a primary factor.

Drivers do not have to be found criminally negligent to be held responsible for their actions behind the wheel. Wrongful death claims can be pursued when another person's careless behavior led to a car accident that caused the death of a loved one. Typically filed by surviving family members in Tennessee, the successful completion of this type of claim can result in just compensation for funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other related financial damages.

Source: newschannel5.com, "78-Year-Old Man Killed In South Nashville Crash", Sept. 23, 2017

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