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Fatal car accident involves Sevierville woman

A recent two vehicle accident in Sevierville has left two men injured and one woman dead. The car accident happened when the driver of one vehicle turned left without yielding to the other oncoming vehicle. The two trucks collided, causing one to overturn. The driver of the overturned vehicle was injured while the passenger later died from her injuries. The driver who failed to yield fled the scene, but later turned himself in. He now faces criminal charges.

A fatal car accident like this can rip families apart. The loss of a loved one not only leaves an emotional scar, but can also leave family members with undeserved debt from accumulated medical expenses and funeral costs. At a time when grieving and emotional recovery are of the utmost importance, financial obligations related to the accident only serve as a reminder of the damage inflicted on a family.

Luckily, victims' families can sometimes have a legal recourse to help eliminate these financial burdens. To succeed on a wrongful death lawsuit, it must be proven that the death resulted from the negligence of another. In the Sevierville case, for example, it could be that only the deceased's husband or children will be able to brin g a claim.

When one succeeds on a wrongful death claim, compensation can be obtained for medical costs, funeral expenses, pain and suffering the deceased felt before passing and loss of companionship. These recoveries allow victims' families to get out from under financial burdens thrust upon them and focus on emotional recovery.

Also, a successful lawsuit can serve as a reminder to other motorists that negligent and reckless driving will not be tolerated either criminally or civilly. Perhaps then the roads will be made a little safer.

Source: wate.com, "Sevierville woman dies from injuries in car crash," Oct. 27, 2012

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