Tennessee car accident takes 1 life, injures 6

A passenger in a motor vehicle essentially puts his or her life in the hands of the driver. The driver also owes each passenger a duty of reasonable care while transporting them in their vehicles. A recent Tennessee car accident highlights the weight of this responsibility for drivers, as one passenger lost her life and six others were injured in a head on collision.

The accident occurred on a recent Thursday night on a Tennessee roadway. In an attempt to negotiate a curve in the road, a driver unintentionally ran off the road. Upon striving to correct the mishap, the driver overcorrected and crossed into oncoming traffic. The car then collided head-on with another vehicle.

A 24-year-old passenger in the car whose driver lost control was killed, and six others were injured as a result of the collision. It is unclear in the initial report how many occupants were in each vehicle. The severity of the injuries suffered was not reported, though it is known that two of the injured parties were infants. There was no word as to any criminal charges in the case.

Whenever a passenger is injured or a life is lost in a car accident, there may be legal options for the injured victim (or the family left behind in the event of a fatality), such as pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the party or parties deemed responsible. In a case such as this, the family of the deceased passenger may be able to pursue action in a Tennessee civil court. A successfully presented civil complaint can result in an award of damages sustained as a direct result of the accident. Those monetary damages may help families cope with medical bills, lost wages of the loved one, funeral expenses, and other financial losses.

Source: wbbjtv.com, "One dead, six others injured in Chester County car accident", July 25, 2014

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