Tennessee's roads can be extremely hazardous. No matter how safely one drives, a negligent driver can slam into him or her and cause a devastating, even deadly car accident. A fatal accident can leave a family reeling, searching for meaning while at the same time having to deal with the realities of losing their loved one. This can be tremendously challenging, and it may drive the family to lose hope. Fortunately, legal assistance can help try to take care of some of the financial issues related to the loss of a loved one and may help bring closure to a terrible incident.
Two Tennessee families may need that help after two people were recently killed in an accident in Seymour. Police say the accident occurred when the driver of an SUV failed to stop at a stop light. Instead, the vehicle ran the red light and slammed into another vehicle containing two women. Both women were killed. The driver of the SUV, who was injured in the accident, has been cited for disregarding a red signal and additional charges may be pending.
While criminal charges may help bring surviving families a sense of justice, it does little to calm the emotional and financial pain inflicted upon them. Surviving family members may have to celebrate holidays and other life events with the pain of knowing their loved one is gone. Also, the family may struggle to pay for medical costs and funeral expenses related to their loved one's accident.
A Knoxville attorney may be able to assist families in these situations obtain the help they need. If the family chooses to file a wrongful death lawsuit, then the attorney will do everything in his or her power to prove the negligence of another caused the victim's death. If the evidence, witnesses, and arguments are persuasive, then the family may win the case and may obtain compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost wages.
Losing a loved one may be the hardest thing to deal with in life. Yet, not holding accountable the irresponsible party who caused the accident may make matters worse. An accident attorney can help a family seek to prevent that from happening.
Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel, "Driver faces charges in Seymour crash that killed two people," Don Jacobs, Nov. 14, 2013