Though we spoke last week about the decreased rate in traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July, a recent car accident claimed the life of a Knoxville woman. The incident occurred in North Knoxville when a church bus from Indiana ran a red light and slammed into her car and a truck before stopping after hitting a CVS sign pole. Some believe the bus's brakes may have failed, rendering it unable to stop, but the accident remains under investigation and blood was drawn from the bus driver for purposes of looking for intoxicants. Police claim this is standard procedure when an individual is involved in a fatal accident.
The 54-year-old deceased woman's family may be left with extreme emotional pain and several questions. Did the bus driver cause the accident? Was the bus, in fact, defective in any way? How will they cope with the loss of their loved one? How will they pay funeral and medical bills and recover their loved one's lost wages? These are all legitimate questions, the answers to which may have a significant impact on a family's future.
In many cases, the only way to find answers to questions like these is to file a wrongful death lawsuit. By filing a claim, a family can seek out the truth by gathering evidence, questioning witnesses, and engaging experts. Once the truth is out a family may be able to claim the negligence of another caused their loved one's death.
The loss of a loved one is never easy, yet, if negligence can be shown to have caused his or her death, life may be made easier in two ways. First, compensation may be recovered to help pay medical expenses and funeral costs as well as help recoup lost wages and ease pain and suffering. Second, a successful claim can bring a family a sense of closure, helping them move on in remembrance of their loved one. Therefore, those who have lost a loved one to a tragic car accident should consider speaking with a legal professional about their legal options.
Source: WATE-TV, "1 confirmed dead from multi-vehicle crash involving church bus in North Knoxville," July 17, 2014