A routine drive can turn tragic in the blink of an eye. Three car accident victims are probably feeling this way after their vehicle was struck head on in West Knox County. In the early morning, the driver of a pick-up truck veered off the side of the road, over-corrected and flew into the opposite lane of oncoming traffic. Three passengers in the oncoming vehicle were taken to the hospital, as was the driver of the pick-up truck. Police say alcohol and speeding were not involved in the accident. Unfortunately, car accidents like this are all too common.
Even in instances where alcohol and speeding are not a factor, a negligent driver can cause serious injuries and death. Victims and their families can be left to deal with broken bones, permanent disability or death. These injuries can leave victims with a lifetime of physical, emotional and financial recovery. Luckily, legal action can ease these burdens.
A distracted driver, whether from texting and driving, fiddling with the radio or searching for something in the car, can be held responsible for the damage he causes to others on the road. To succeed on a lawsuit against such a driver, a victim need only show that the driver was reckless or negligent, that negligence caused the accident and the accident caused the victim's injuries.
Once successful on a claim, a victim can obtain compensation. These awards can help cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Victims will then be able to get the best care possible so that they can have a speedy recovery.
While it is too early to tell what caused the vehicle in the West Knox County accident to veer into oncoming traffic, it is a possibility that some type of negligence was involved. Those injured may therefore have a cause of action against that driver. Such a lawsuit may be the only way those individuals can afford the care they need and deserve.
Source: wate.com, "4 injured in head-on wreck in West Knox County," Nov. 7, 2012