A two-vehicle accident has taken place along the highway. The accident has claimed the life of a 52-year-old woman. As with many fatal crashes in Tennessee, surviving relatives may seek relief through the court system.
The accident reportedly occurred on Friday afternoon as a woman was making her travels along the highway. Suddenly, a male driver of an SUV pulled out of his driveway, right in front of the woman’s path. Unable to avoid collision, the woman slammed into the SUV, hitting the driver’s side of the vehicle. The man was flown to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The woman later died at the hospital.
Authorities have not yet determined if the driver of the SUV was under the influence of any substance. However, tests have been conducted and officials are awaiting those results. Reportedly, the SUV’s driver was operating while his license was revoked due to three prior DUI charges.
Undoubtedly, fatal crashes in Tennessee are traumatizing for everyone involved, including a deceased victim’s surviving family members. The other driver in this case may face civil lawsuits resulting from this deadly accident, in addition to possible pending criminal charges. The family members retain the right to pursue legal action against the other driver and a wrongful death claim may be appropriately filed against the driver to recover damages. If the evidence confirms that the driver negligently caused or contributed to the fatal accident, a monetary award may be anticipated to cover funeral expenses and other financial damages permissible under state laws.
Source: timesfreepress.com, Victim identified in fatal crash on Highway 27 in Rhea County, Tenn., Alex Green, Oct. 4, 2013