Tennessee residents die every year in fatal motor vehicle accidents. Despite improvements in vehicle safety features and significant efforts to educate drivers about the dangers of drinking, texting and other distractions while driving, collisions occur that take the lives of innocent motorists and their passengers. When a loved one dies as a result of a fatal vehicle accident it can be difficult for their surviving friends and relatives to imagine a future without them. However, there are options for individuals who have lost loved ones at the hands of dangerous and negligent drivers.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil personal injury claim based on the death of another person. Generally closely related family members may bring wrongful death lawsuits when their loved ones die and closely related relatives can include parents, spouses and children. Before initiating a wrongful death lawsuit readers are asked to contact lawyers in their areas to ensure that they have the right to pursue such claims.
Wrongful death lawsuits allege that the victims were killed as a result of the responsible parties' negligence and that, but for the actions of the responsible parties, the victims would still be alive. They further allege that, due to the negligence or recklessness of the responsible parties, the surviving loved ones of the victims suffered losses that must be compensated so that they may become whole. Compensation may be pursued to cover funeral expenses, medical bills and other costs associated with the loss of the accident victims.
Nothing can return a deceased loved one to their family, and often litigation may seem like the last thing a family may wish to pursue after a fatal vehicle accident. However, civil lawsuits based on wrongful death and other accident-related personal injury claims can provide those in need with compensation to help cover the costs of their losses.