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Driver's choices can lead to fatal car accidents

Driving along a Tennessee roadway is a great responsibility, one that must be taken seriously by all motorists. In addition to being responsible for oneself, the driver is also responsible for others on the road and the passengers in the vehicle. The driver's actions and choices can have a significant effect on a number of other people. When drivers are negligent, car accidents can occur.

Recently, the driver of a 1986 Toyota Celica was driving east on I-24 with three passengers in his car. He apparently chose to drive at an excessive speed. As he tried to switch lanes, he lost control of his vehicle, which jumped the curb and crashed into a tree. All four vehicle occupants were killed in the accident.

Even though the driver in this case lost his own life, he is the one who made the decision to speed and is most likely the one responsible for the accident. Although he cannot answer for his choices, it is possible that his estate can. In this case, it is possible that the families of the others killed in the car accident could file a claim against the driver's estate.

Car accidents occur every day in Tennessee. While the majority of them are minor with relatively little damage to person or property, some unfortunately are serious with deadly consequences. When one loses a loved one as the result of another driver's bad choices, it can be emotionally and financially taxing. Sometimes the best financial option is a civil claim against the driver's estate.

Source: timesfreepress.com, "Coffee County fatal crash kills four on Saturday; Grundy crash on Sunday kills one", Nov. 28, 2016

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