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Easter weekend patrols seek to prevent fatal car accidents

Easter has come and gone, but not without increased police presence on the roadways. State and local authorities were planning to increase enforcement over the holiday weekend in hopes of curtailing the year's rising car accident fatality rates. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that 35 individuals have been killed so far this year in car wrecks, which is an increase of more than 50 percent compared to the same time last year.

More specifically, authorities are looking to crack down on impaired driving, which includes those who are under the influence of alcohol as well as those who are impaired by drugs. Yet, Tennessee is seeing accidents caused by other reasons, too. For instance, the state is seeing an increase in pedestrian fatalities, which many are attributing to distracted driving. Texting and driving, eating while driving, changing the radio and searching for something in the cabin of a vehicle while operating it can all be very dangerous and lead to a fatal car accident.

Surviving families of those killed in these tragic accidents are often left with severe emotional pain. Additionally, they are many times forced to deal with threatening financial challenges that arise as a direct result of the wreck that took their loved one. Funeral costs, medical expenses and their loved one's lost wages can throw a family into financial disarray.

When the stress over a family's financial future arises in these instances, surviving families should take comfort in the fact that they have a legal right on which they can act. If their loved one's death was caused by the negligence of another, then a wrongful death lawsuit, if successful, could lead to the recovery of much needed compensation. It won't bring a loved one back, but it might give a family the financial resources they need to find financial stability and try to move on with life while remembering the best of their loved one.

Source: Local Memphis, "Increased Patrols Announced For Easter Weekend," March 23, 2016

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