An early morning accident in Tennessee led to the death of two people. Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a car wreck just after 12:00 a.m. on a recent Saturday night. Apart from the 2 deceased victims, four other people suffered injuries when an SUV hit a pick-up truck from behind.
It was reported that the pick-up truck carried six people, while there were five occupants in the SUV. The impact caused the SUV to roll. Fortunately, the driver of the pickup truck was able to pull over onto the side of the road.
Two of the passengers, a 21 year-old and a 23-year-old, were thrown from the SUV when it rolled. Both passengers died in the wreck. It is not clear in which vehicle the injured victims were traveling. Tennessee Highway Patrol officers asked that the SUV driver, aged 21, be tested for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Depending on the outcome of the tests and the investigation into the accident criminal charges may follow.
Irrespective of criminal charges following or not, the family of the deceased victims may choose to pursue a claim in civil court. The injured passengers have a separate right to file a personal injury claim should their injuries be serious. Successfully litigated wrongful death or personal injury claims in Tennessee may provide reimbursement of monetary damages. Any damages awarded may assist injured victims — or the families of deceased victims — in recovering from the stress of unexpected expenses caused by a car wreck or other motor vehicle accident.
Source: wate.com, “2 dead, 4 injured in Dandridge wreck; Police say victims did not use seat belts”, Aug. 9, 2015