When a negligent driver causes a fatal accident, it can send ripples of loss through the victim's family. Surviving family members must deal not only with the loss of their loved one's companionship and financial support, but also medical expenses and funeral costs.
One Knoxville family may be in this position now after losing a loved one in a car accident. The victim, a 35-year-old man, was killed when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. The driver of the vehicle was a juvenile. Knoxville police are investigating the crash and performing an accident reconstruction.
When a fatal accident like this happens, it is never too early for families to consider their legal options. Surviving family members may want to take an interest in the accident investigation and assess the outcome of it. If the driver is found to be at fault, then a wrongful death lawsuit may be justified. Succeeding on one of these claims could bring much-needed relief to a surviving family.
Proving liability in a pedestrian or bicycle accident case requires skill and experience. The driver involved in the accident may claim that the pedestrian or bicyclist was at fault. Under Tennessee's comparative fault law, proving fault is critical not just to the ultimate outcome of a case, but also to the amount of compensation awarded if the driver is found primarily at fault. Thus, those who have been affected by a pedestrian accident and suffered damages may want to learn more about their legal rights.
Source: WATE 6, "Knoxville police identify bicyclist killed in car crash," Jan. 4, 2017