Tennessee car accident results in death of a pedestrian

Being on the road can be a dangerous endeavor, whether in a vehicle or walking along the roadway. The sheer force of being involved in a car accident can lead to devastating injuries or worse for pedestrians and vehicle occupants alike. A recent car accident along a Tennessee roadway ended with the death of a pedestrian.

The fatal accident occurred just before 2 a.m. on a Sunday on a roadway located less than three miles from Nashville. A driver was heading northbound on the road when the driver saw two pedestrians along the roadway. The vehicle swerved. However, one of the two pedestrians, a 19-year-old woman, was hit and killed on the roadway.

The other pedestrian who was walking along the roadway with her was not injured. There is currently an investigation by authorities into the incident. According to reports of the crash, there have been no charges filed as of yet against the driver whose vehicle hit the pedestrian.

Whenever a pedestrian is injured or killed, that pedestrian or his or her surviving family may have certain rights under the law when it comes to civil claims for financial damages in Tennessee. Regardless of the status of criminal charges -- or a lack of criminal charges altogether -- the surviving family or injured pedestrian may be able to pursue a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit. A successful civil complaint may garner monetary damages that could prove beneficial as victims or families contend with injuries or other costly after effects of being involved in a car accident.

Source: rockymounttelegram.com, "The Rocky Mount Telegram", Sept. 8, 2014

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