Two people were killed in a three-car collision in Tennessee on December 23rd. The accident occurred just before 4:30 a.m. in Columbia. A Ford truck traveling east on Bear Creek Pike struck a black sedan before hitting a van. The drivers of the truck and the van were initially trapped inside their vehicles by the wreckage. Emergency workers were able to free them, but both drivers were pronounced dead at the hospital later.
The driver of the sedan suffered only minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Charges have not been filed at the time of the report, and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident. It is not believed that alcohol was a factor in this crash, but investigators are still waiting for the final test results to come back.
In a case such as this, families may be able to file personal injury or wrongful death claims. While early evidence in this case indicates that the person responsible may have been killed in the accident, victims and their families may still be able to work with the insurance company or go through the estate for compensation.
Victims and their families can meet with an attorney to review their options and learn more about their rights. Experienced professionals can take the time to look at the losses of today and consider what future expenses are likely to be. This may include lost wages, pain and suffering and expected medical bills for rehabilitation. When a fatality is involved, the lost earnings can become more challenging to calculate, but an attorney can speak on the family's behalf to try and get them the compensation they will need to start moving forward.
Source: WSMV, "2 killed in crash on Bear Creek Pike in Columbia", Kara Apel, December 23, 2014