A 31-year-old Tennessee woman may be facing charges after police said that she caused an accident in which another person died. The car wreck happened during the early morning on a recent Wednesday in late June. Tennessee authorities suspect the driver of driving while under the influence of drugs.
While nearing an intersection, the driver is said to have crossed the yellow lines into the eastbound traffic. The 34-year-old driver of a truck tried to move out of the way by pulling onto the shoulder of the road. Despite the attempt to avoid the accident, his truck was still hit by the approaching car.
The impact of the accident caused the truck to roll onto its side and end up in a front garden of a property. The truck driver was pronounced dead at the accident scene, while the other driver was airlifted to a medical center in the area. Police are awaiting the results of the toxicology tests before filing charges. This was expected to take approximately two weeks.
No matter what the outcome of the pending charges may be, the family of the deceased victim from the car wreck has the right to initiate a wrongful death claim against the woman. In Tennessee, civil claims arising from a car wreck, where the evidence suggests that negligence on the part of a driver was the root cause of the accident, may result in a judicial award of monetary damages. These often include remuneration for medical bills and/or funeral expenses, loss of employment income and pain and suffering related to the accident.
Source: tennessean.com, "Charges pending after fatal Lascassas wreck", Christopher Merchant, June 26, 2014