Roadways in Tennessee, as in other parts of the country, have become increasingly congested as the number of vehicles on the roadways continues to increase. While the vast majority of drivers are careful and attentive, there is an ever-present possibility that a driver may be distracted, under the influence or diving recklessly. Any of these situations have the potential to cause serious car accidents.
A recent accident in Knoxville caused the death of a young man and injuries to his female passenger. A pickup truck was heading north on Chapman Highway when it veered into the south side of the highway. It then collided with a smaller car and hit other cars in the area.
The driver of the smaller car and his passenger were both transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The driver did not survive and his passenger was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver of the pickup truck has since been charged with criminally negligent homicide in addition to driving without a license or proof of insurance.
Car accidents can leave people seriously injured with life-changing injuries and, when an accident is fatal, take the life of a loved one. When the accident is due to another person's negligence, family and loved ones of the deceased have the option of bringing a civil lawsuit against the party deemed responsible for the accident. A successful suit can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses. A Tennessee personal injury attorney can provide guidance on the options available.