The Tennessee family of a 34-year-old mother and her 10-year-old son who lost their lives in February are still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy. The victims were knocked down by a vehicle while they were trying to help some car accident victims. We wrote about this tragic truck accident on Feb. 24 ("Good Samaritans killed while helping at car wreck"). A grand jury in Williamson County recently indicted two drivers in relation to the deaths.
According to a February accident report, a 49-year-old driver lost control of his SUV on Interstate 65, causing it to overturn during a spell of paralyzing weather conditions in the region. When the mother and boy came across the wreck, she stopped and rushed to the aid of the occupants, taking her young son with her. An approaching 63-year-old semi-truck driver apparently failed to keep a proper lookout, and his vehicle struck and killed them both. Five people occupied the SUV, two of whom suffered critical injuries.
The SUV driver and the semi driver were both charged with recklessly endangering the lives of others with a deadly weapon and causing the deaths of others by failing to exercise due care. A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office reported that both men were jailed. The truck driver is apparently free on a bond of $25,000, and the SUV driver remains in the county jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
Losing a loved one in a truck accident -- or any other vehicle accident -- is devastating. In addition to the emotional hardships, unanticipated financial concerns may be encountered. In such circumstances, claims for financial relief may be pursued by litigating a wrongful death lawsuit against those parties believed responsible in a Tennessee civil court. Along with end-of-life expenses, other documented financial losses may form part of a monetary judgment if appropriate proof of negligence results in a finding of liability.
Source: tennessean.com, "Drivers indicted in Franklin I-65 crash that killed mother, son", Jill Cowan, Sept. 18, 2015