There are many factors that can lead to a motor vehicle accident. We frequently hear about individuals being arrested following an accident who were found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, it is the absence of a seat belt that it the primary reason a person dies from a crash.
However, in a fatal head-on car accident in Knox County earlier this month, it was found that both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and drunk driving was all but ruled out as a factor. The proximate cause of the seriousness and fatal result of the accident was attributed by the police only to speeding.
Two young men, ages 18 and 19, were reportedly travelling in opposite directions. It is further speculated that both vehicles were speeding. The resulting collision injured the one driver and ended the other’s life.
Because both drivers are suspected to have been speeding, it is hard to pin fault on either one. However, it was determined by the accident investigation that the accident was a head-on collision, which means one of the two drivers was driving on the wrong side of the road.
During fatal crashes, such as this one in Knox County, investigators generally probe issues such as ‘fault’. Additionally, when death or injury occurs in traffic accidents and one side is found to be at fault, the injured parties or the deceased person’s family members have a right to seek any compensation they are entitled to under the law.
Attorneys with experience in personal injury law possess the necessary knowledge and skills to delve into issues of fault with the information provided by investigators, as well as the experience to know what would be in their client’s best interest. Families trying to cope with the loss of a loved one on top of trying to recover their financial losses may feel overwhelmed. An attorney may be able to ease that stress by taking some of their concerns off their plate.
Source: knoxnews, “W Knox crash kills one teen-injures another,” Don Jacobs, Aug. 8, 2011