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Fatal accidents in Tennessee could lead to wrongful death claims

| Feb 10, 2014 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

An accident that results in a fatality can be devastating for everyone involved. Sadly, fatal accidents seem to be an all too common occurrence, and the surviving family members of the victims of such accidents are left picking up the pieces and trying to move forward. Unfortunately, that is much easier said than done. Sadly, a recent accident in Tennessee is responsible for the untimely death of a young man from Chattanooga.

This crash, involving only one vehicle, was caused when the driver of the car, a 26-year-old female, somehow left the roadway. After leaving the road, the car struck a culvert then rolled several times before coming to a stop. The car apparently caught on fire and a passenger, a 20-year-old male, was trapped inside. Sadly, the passenger died as a result.

Local authorities are still investigating this accident. However, the driver has been arrested and faces charges, including vehicular homicide. Speeding and alcohol are suspected to have been contributing factors in the cause of the crash.

Fatal accidents can leave surviving family members looking for answers and wanting justice for the loss of life. If they choose to do so, they may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. If the individual responsible is found negligent or liable in the cause of the victim’s death, a Tennessee civil court could award financial compensation to the victim’s family. Such compensation could be beneficial in providing for any final expenses on behalf of the victim and may also provide some sense of closure for his or her family.

Source: clevelandbanner.com, Woman charged in car crash fatality, Greg Kaylor, Feb. 5, 2014

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