On a warm spring evening in Tennessee, it is common to see people out enjoying the weather. This may include those who run or jog in the cool evening to avoid the midday heat. Unfortunately, a distracted or impaired driver may not notice someone on the shoulder of the road. Car accidents involving pedestrians can result in catastrophic, even deadly injuries.

A family is grieving the death of a 29-year-old man who encountered an allegedly impaired driver during a typical evening run. The man, who was a father and a veteran medic in the National Guard, spent many evenings jogging on the wide shoulder of the rural highway. Unfortunately, one recent evening, the man was struck by what police say was a hit-and-run driver.

The driver claims he thought he had struck a deer, so he did not stop or notify police. As a result, the victim lay in a ditch for hours before someone found him. Doctors pronounced him brain dead, and his family removed him from life support three days later.

While the accident is still under investigation, reports say the driver admitted he had been drinking beer and smoking marijuana prior to driving that night. His toxicology results are not in yet, but Tennessee police have charged him with vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident. In similar situations where loved ones are the victims of fatal car accidents, family members often contact attorneys who can guide them in the most appropriate action for seeking compensation for their losses.