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Car accidents caused by fatigued drivers are on the rise

Life in Tennessee can become a blur when one is caught up in the commotions of the day. Running errands, work and catching up with all the other things on one's to-do list can be overwhelming. Getting behind the wheel while stressed, distracted or tired can have serious consequences both for the driver and for those who happen to be in or near the road in the same vicinity. Car accidents caused by fatigued drivers can have devastating consequences, as one recent crash underscored.

Police were called to the scene of a two-car accident around 4:20 a.m. First responders arrived to find an overturned car on fire. The driver, a 32-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 26-year-old driver of the SUV that was also involved in the crash was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Reports indicate that the woman in the car was heading northwest on the almost deserted road. The SUV was heading in the opposite direction when the car crossed left of center and struck the SUV. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and neither appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

Operating a vehicle while tired can lead to a serious or fatal car accident. Car accidents caused by a driver's negligence could result in a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Should the operator of the offending vehicle perish in the accident, it is still possible to seek compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and other financial losses in a Tennessee civil court by suing the deceased driver's estate. A personal injury attorney can help victims and/or their families figure out the best way forward.

Source: tennessean.com, "Police ID woman killed in fatal Highway 96 crash near Williamson County", Emily West, Natalie Allison, Natalie Neysa Alund, May 11, 2018

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