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Sevier County accident leaves 2 dead

A recent wreck in Sevier County has left a youth pastor and a 16-year-old high school student dead and several others seriously injured. The car accident occurred when an SUV crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a church van. Police say drugs may have been involved as drugs were found inside the SUV.

When a fatal accident like this occurs, families are torn apart. This leaves them with a host of seemingly insurmountable challenges to overcome.

The loss of a loved one is emotionally devastating. While this is a time when victims' families would choose to focus solely on grieving and remembering their loved ones, the sad reality is that family members may be forced to deal with financial obligations. Medical expenses and funeral costs have to be paid. However, traumatized families should not be forced to cover these expenses when the death of a loved one was caused by a negligent driver.

When a driver causes a fatal accident through his or her own inattentiveness, intoxication or recklessness, a victim's family may wish to file a lawsuit against that driver. Once negligence is established, the victim's family may be able to obtain compensation from the negligent driver.

The recent accident in Sevier County shows how serious an accident can be when it involves the negligence of another. These families did not deserve to be punished with the loss of a loved one, and they should not be forced to remember the tragedy with undeserved expenses. As a result, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate in such a case.

Source:, "Two die when church van collides with SUV in Sevier County," Sept. 16, 2012

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