As the weather begins to warm up across Tennessee, many drivers are taking to the roads for excursions. Traveling the scenic routes, especially for drivers who travel the roadway frequently, can lead to a complacency that can result a minor fender bender or even a serious auto accident. Car accidents that result from driver complacency can be a difficult situation to go through, especially when children are involved.
An incident recently occurred on a Saturday afternoon. Two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on the same road. The vehicle that was traveling north crossed left of the center line while navigating a bend in the road. The care heading the opposite direction was struck head-on.
The vehicle in question held three passengers along with the driver. All passengers were children. A 9-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was injured. The other children in the vehicle were unharmed.
The car that was struck was occupied by a 52-year-old driver and a toddler. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was not injured. Authorities are continuing to investigate the accident.
Car accidents can be devastating and leave lasting emotional scars on the survivors and surviving family members of those who succumb to injuries. Should Tennessee authorities determine that speed, alcohol or illegal substances be a contributing factor to the actions that led to the car crash, the driver could face criminal charges. Separately, injured survivors and surviving family members of deceased victims can turn to the civil justice system for legal recourse through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, as applicable.
Source: wbbjtv.com, "UPDATE: 2 Killed, 1 Injured following car wreck in Hardeman co.", Brittany Hardaway, April 30, 2018