Two children became accident victims after a head-on collision in their home state. Their father was driving at the time of the car accident in Tennessee, and he has been charged for his role in the event. Luckily for the children, they have a supportive aunt and uncle, and a community that is rallying around them as they recover from critical injuries.
In Nov. 2017, the children were passengers in a car driven by their father when he crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle, leaving his 5-year-old daughter severely brain damaged and causing the amputation of his 12-year-old son's arm. The mother was also critically injured. In the ensuing investigation, the man was charged with vehicular assault, driving under the influence, child abuse and neglect, driving without exercising due care and driving with a revoked or suspended license.
As a result of the crash, the children will live with their aunt and uncle after they recover enough to leave the hospital. The aunt and uncle had requested custody just before the incident, but the parents refused. Now the family members will take the children and face years of struggle because of the medical disabilities caused by the accident. Community members are supporting the children through a GoFundMe account set up in their name.
The innocent children are facing a lifetime of consequences due to the neglectful actions of their parent and the resulting car accident. The new caregivers and custodians of the children will be facing the fallout from medical bills and the kids' special needs. In Tennessee, a person who has been the victim of an accident caused by the negligence of another has the ability to seek compensation for damages related to the case. This principle holds true even when the victim is related to the tortfeasor. Many people choose to consult with a personal injury attorney for help with the legal aspect of the case.
Source: crestviewbulletin.com, "Kids critically injured in car accident, move in with Crestview relatives", Heather Osbourne, Jan. 5, 2018