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Drunk driver kills one, injures others in Knox County crash

Even with the launch of Tennessee's "Booze It or Lose It" campaign which was discussed on the blog last week, a terrible fatal accident has occurred in Knox County that police think was alcohol-related. Police report an individual who appeared to have been intoxicated was traveling down John Sevier Highway when he crossed the center line and smacked head-on into an SUV. The SUV then slammed into a van. The driver of the SUV was killed and his two kids were injured. Three people in the van were also injured as was the errant driver. That driver has been tested for alcohol and drugs.

A car accident like this, whether causing serious injuries or death, can be life-changing. The children in the SUV may have severe injuries that leave them physically impaired for the rest of their lives, and they must now live without their father. The victims of the van, too, may face emotional and physical pain for years to come. On top of all this, the victims will have to deal with financial realities that accompany these tragic accidents.

When an accident victim or his surviving family faces financial challenges as a result of the wreck a Knoxville accident attorney may be able to help. After hearing the story of the accident, an attorney may consider accident evidence and witnesses to measure the likelihood of a successful lawsuit. If a claim is filed and negligence is proven, such as by showing intoxication, then awards may be given to the victim or his surviving family.

Filing a lawsuit can be difficult. Not only does the victim have to come face-to-face with the individual who harmed him, but he must also relive the accident over and over. An experienced attorney can help the victim, or his surviving family, feel as comfortable with the process as possible. Then, if successful, the victim or his family can use their recoveries to pay off unwarranted debt and move forward with life.

Source: WBIR-TV, "THP: Driver in 3-vehicle crash was under the influence," Heidi Wigdahl, Aug. 24, 2013

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