Another tragic loss of human life occurred in Tennessee on Friday, May 22, when an SUV driven by a 31-year-old Walland woman crossed into oncoming traffic and caused an accident that killed two people on a motorcycle. The SUV hit a total of four oncoming motorcycles, injuring several other riders, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. It appears that the families of the decedents have personal injury claims for wrongful death damages against the SUV driver.
The appropriate type of civil lawsuit to file against a negligent driver for causing death in a traffic accident is called a wrongful death action. The family of the deceased must file an estate in the person's county of residence, and it is the estate that files against the person or persons who are liable to pay compensation. Death claims in Tennessee and elsewhere can be significant, particularly where there may be an extended amount of lost wages or lost earning capacity over the lifetime of a younger victim.
A driver does not have to make actual physical contact with the victim's car in order to be found negligent and liable for the victim's damages. Sometimes, the negligent driver can set a chain reaction in motion so that another car strikes the victim's car during the course of a car crash. This scenario appears to have happened recently in Tennessee in the course of a fatal three-car accident that occurred in Wilson County.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a traffic accident involving multiple vehicles near West Jefferson Pike on State Route 840 occurred on Dec. 11. The incident killed one driver and injured another, reportedly.
A multi-vehicle accident has left one person dead and another person severely injured on Nov. 26 just before midnight. The accident occurred on the on the I-24 eastbound, heading towards Chatanooga, and Sam Ridley Parkway. The driver of a 2007 Chrysler 300 had pulled over to the far right lane at the eastbound exit near the merge lane. His vehicle was rear-ended by a 1989 Honda Accord. The driver of the Chrysler exited his vehicle to inspect the damage but was then struck by a 2004 Ford Escape, which had attempted to swerve out of the way to avoid colliding with the Accord. The driver of the Chrysler died at the scene. The driver of the Ford Escape then proceeded to slide across the remaining lanes and collided with the median barrier. The number of vehicles involved increased by two when the Ford Escape was struck by both a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and a 2005 Ford Focus.
Authorities with the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a 23-year-old White Bluff man was killed in a head-on collision on Nov. 3. The accident reportedly occurred around 6 p.m. in Erin on Highway 49.