For many Tennesseans, defensive driving is safe driving. Though defensive driving can significantly reduce one's risk of being involved in a car accident, it isn't fail-proof. Distracted, negligent, and intoxicated drivers can take a motorist by surprise, leaving them little, if any, time to make a defensive maneuver to avoid a collision. The resulting accident in one of these situations can be horrendous. Victims can be left seriously injured, disabled, and, in the worst wrecks, dead.
This was the tragic outcome of a recent wreck in Tennessee after a woman's car was struck head-on by a pickup truck. According to reports, the truck was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 11W at about 11 p.m. The woman, despite wearing her seatbelt, was unable to be saved. The truck's driver was injured, as his truck flipped onto its top, but the most recent reports have him listed in "good" condition. The Tennessee Highway Patrol suspects that the driver of the truck was drunk and testing has been conducted to determine if alcohol played a factor. The man is currently facing criminal charges.
Criminal charges will provide very little comfort to the victim's family, who must now find a way to cope with the loss of their loved one. Additionally, they may need to find resources to pay funeral costs, cover any medical expenses that may have been incurred, and recoup her lost wages. Though it might seem difficult to think about compensation in a time of grief, without it, a victim or surviving families' difficulties can only magnify.
This is where a victim or their surviving family should carefully consider the legal options available to them. In addition to seeking compensation, a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit might also help shine a light on an issue that refuses to go away: drunk driving. A successful claim might deter the negligent driver who caused the accident and others from acting similarly in the future, thereby protecting other Tennesseans from a sad and preventable outcome.
Source: The Rogersville Review, "Rogersville woman killed in head-on crash with wrong-way suspected drunk driver," Tommy Campbell, June 1, 2016