Recently, a fatal accident in Tennessee between two cars led to the arrest of one of the drivers. The car wreck happened shortly before 1:15 a.m. Tennessee police report that a victim died at the scene of the accident, while another was injured.
The arrest followed after a car operated by a 31-year-old man hit another vehicle from behind. Reports indicate that he was speeding. The driver struck from behind passed away at the accident scene. A female passenger traveling with the speeding driver was injured and taken to a hospital. No details regarding the extent of her injuries were provided.
The 31-year-old male was charged with aggravated assault and vehicular homicide. Police apparently found drug equipment in his possession, and he faces charges in this regard as well. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, the family of the deceased victim may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the reckless driver, and the injured passenger has the right to pursue a personal injury claim.
Tennessee victims suffering serious injuries in a car wreck due to the negligence of another may elect to file personal injury claims, while the families of deceased victims may opt to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A successful wrongful death claim may assist in providing monetary relief to the family during a difficult time. If it is proved that negligence was the cause of the accident, a court may award monetary damages to victims, or their families when fatalities occur. In certain cases of egregious misconduct, a court may also award punitive damages.
Source: wjhl.com, “Johnson City man’s bond set at $150,000 after crash kills Piney Flats man”, Sept. 17, 2015