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Reckless driver causes fatal accident on Interstate 81

A Tennessee man and his adult son are dead after an apparently drunk driver caused a chain reaction accident on Interstate 81. The reckless driver, a 43-year-old woman who has been charged with vehicular homicide and DUI, hit four cars that were stopped on the interstate and caused them to collide with each other. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol two of the involved vehicles caught on fire and a 21-year-old man and his 50-year-old father were killed in the tragic incident.

The father and son were returning home after attending a dirt bike racing event when the fatal accident happened. Relatives of the deceased were reeling from the loss of their loved ones and the preventable nature of the chain reaction crash.

The responsible driver who also suffered injuries in the crash may face civil claims in addition to the mentioned criminal charges that have been lodged against her. In cases where a person dies as a result of the recklessness or negligence of another person their surviving family members can sometimes file wrongful death lawsuits against them for the recovery of their losses.

Though it can be difficult to consider anything beyond giving a deceased loved one a proper funeral, it can be beneficial for families of fatal accidents to discuss their legal rights and options with attorneys who provide personal injury and wrongful death services. As the statutes of limitation on these types of civil claims can toll within years of a fatal accident it is imperative that victims and their survivors understand the time frames during which they may pursue their damages and work toward becoming financially whole.

Source:, "Son and father killed in I-81 accident," Zach Irby, May 4, 2017

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