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Car accidents: Negligent drivers can put children at risk

It may be tempting to ignore yellow or red lights when the roadway seems empty or one is in a hurry. The placing of traffic lights and the responsibility to heed traffic laws helps to ensure that all drivers are safe and arrive at their intended destinations without becoming involved in car accidents. Ignoring posted speed limits and traffic signals can have serious of even fatal repercussions, as one young man from Tennessee recently learned.

The man was heading westbound on a busy road. He apparently ignored a red light and proceeded through the intersection, where he struck another vehicle. The collision resulted in serious injury for the other driver and a toddler passenger.

The two victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the westbound vehicle was found to be operating the vehicle on a revoked license. Upon looking the man's history, authorities discovered he had a warrant out for his arrest. He is being charged with aggravated assault, reckless driving and other serious accusations.

Car accidents that are due to the negligence of a driver can have long-term consequences for victims. Minor children involved in car accidents such as this may suffer emotional and physical trauma that can inhibit proper growth and development. In this collision it appears that grounds exist for personal injury claims to be filed on behalf of the injured man and the toddler. A Tennessee attorney can help guide those confronting similar circumstances to investigate their options for legal recourse and pursue all applicable claims for monetary damages.

Source: wreg.com, "Man charged after toddler, driver critically injured in crash", Eryn Taylor, April 18, 2018

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