In many cases, a fatal car accident can result in a serious legal situation, depending on the circumstances involved in the accident. Car accidents can have many various contributing factors, but if alcohol is one of them, a driver involved could face criminal charges as well as a potential civil case from the family of the victim. Losing a loved one can be a harrowing situation, and the decedent’s loved ones will likely wish to understand their options.
A family in Tennessee may be hoping to find out more about their situation after their loved one was recently killed in a fatal accident. The situation reportedly took place when the driver of a sedan failed to yield the right of way at a traffic light. As a result, his vehicle collided with the driver’s side of another vehicle. The impact caused both vehicles to leave the roadway and end up in a ditch.
The driver of the second vehicle unfortunately suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The driver of the first vehicle recently appeared in court, and it was disclosed that his blood-alcohol level at the time of the accident was .184 percent. His initial charges related to the accident included felony reckless endangerment and failure to yield, but depending on further pending factors, the charges could be increased to vehicular homicide.
Car accidents that result in fatalities can have lasting impacts that range from emotional to financial. The family will likely closely follow the case of the driver considered responsible as it proceeds, and in the meantime, they may also wish to look into their own legal options. Filing a wrongful death claim in Tennessee could potentially allow them to seek restitution for their loss and other resulting damages, such as funeral costs, that could possibly be permitted under state law.
Source: The Wilson Post, “Man charged in fatal accident in court Thursday“, , Aug. 21, 2014