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Teen driver causes accident that kills 1, injures 6

A car accident involving three vehicles that occurred on Interstate 65 in Tennessee on June 12 left one person dead. According to the report, the incident took place near mile marker 110 in Robertson County during the afternoon hours.

Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol stated that a Ford sedan that was being driven by an 18-year-old Westmoreland man was traveling north on the interstate when the vehicle suddenly left the roadway for unknown reasons, entered the median and traveled into the southbound lanes. The Ford then struck a Kia SUV, which caused the Kia to strike a Jeep.

A teenage passenger who was in the Ford did not survive his injuries. It was not known if he died at the scene of the car accident or at a nearby hospital. The Ford's driver suffered critical injuries, and three people who were occupants of the Kia and two people who were occupants of the Jeep suffered unknown injuries in the incident. The following day, no citations had been issued against the Ford driver. However, it was noted that criminal charges were pending.

Regardless of what the causes were, anyone who causes a serious crash could be held responsible for any injuries suffered by others if they file personal injury lawsuits. By filing such lawsuits, the injured parties could seek compensation for a wide range of damages, which may include the cost of any medical or rehabilitation bills, any income that was lost as a direct result of being unable to work and for pain and suffering.

In a similar action, the family members of anyone who died in a serious crash might consider filing a wrongful death claim. A court award for such a claim may grant the family compensation for final medical and burial expenses in addition to any income that the deceased provided.

Source: WSMV, "Teen killed, 6 others injured in I-65 crash in Robertson Co.", Chuck Morris, June 13, 2014

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