Personal vehicles have allowed an incredible amount of growth throughout American society. Thanks to the private cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles that Tennessee residents choose to buy and lease individuals are able to travel great distances to hold down jobs, visit their loved ones, take pleasurable trips and engage in other activities once prohibitive by distances.
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.
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.
The National Safety Council reports that fatal car accidents rose six percent in 2016, with 40,200 people being killed in crashes around the country during the calendar year (a 14 percent increase since 2014's total). 2016 was also the first year since 2007 that deaths totaled more than 40,000.
The severity of a car accident can range from a minor dent, as when a car backs into another, to those that result in fatalities. When death occurs in a tragic wreck, surviving family members can be left utterly devastated. The emotional void left behind can bring on depression and anger, and the financial loss can thrust stress and anxiety onto an unsuspecting family. Although these families may need time to get their affairs in order, many creditors won't wait. They will demand payment, and those who fail to meet their obligations may have their cars, homes, and overall financial well-being placed in jeopardy.
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.