During the early hours of the morning on a recent Thursday, two young men lost their lives in an accident involving a car and a truck. The car wreck happened on Highway 31 at an intersection near the Robertson County border with Sumner County. According to reports by the Tennessee authorities, the car was traveling at an approximate speed of 80 mph at the time of the accident.
Reportedly, the car slammed into the back of the tractor-trailer as it was trying to turn onto the highway at approximately 2 a.m. Two of the three young occupants of the car -- all from out of state -- died on impact. The deceased were the 21-year-old car driver and a 22-year-old male passenger. The other passenger, also a 21-year-old male, was injured in the car wreck. Little is known about the extent of the injuries suffered by the young man.
Investigators are determining if alcohol played a role in the car accident. Nevertheless, this accident once again appears to underscore the dangers of traveling at high speeds, especially at night. In this instance, several families have been left devastated by the accident.
In Tennessee, a victim who has been seriously injured in a car wreck may elect to institute a personal injury claim in civil court. Any damages awarded, should the claim be successful, may assist in paying the costs stemming from the accident, such as medical and rehabilitation costs as well as any loss of income from work. Furthermore, the legal estate of the deceased passenger from the car accident may institute a wrongful death claim. A successful wrongful death claim may assist the family in meeting the financial burdens that typically accompany tragedies of this nature.
Source: tennessean.com, Tennessee Highway Patrol identifies 2 killed in Thursday morning wreck, Eric B. Miller, March 13, 2014