A tragic accident in Memphis last month claimed the life of a 3-year-old girl and left her sister, mother and grandmother with serious injuries. The fatal car accident occurred after a driver suffered a seizure and crashed into a group of people who were standing outside a funeral home.
According to police reports, the driver had suffered from infrequent seizures over the last 20 years. She had just finished a shift as a waitress at a local café when she started to not feel well. On her way home, she had a seizure and lost control of her car.
The 3-year-old initially survived, but died in the hospital later that evening. Her mother and her 5-year-old sister were released from the hospital the day after the crash. At last update, the children’s 54-year-old grandmother was listed in critical but stable condition at The Med in Memphis.
Police are still investigating the accident. After the investigation is complete, evidence will be turned over to the prosecutor, who will determine whether criminal charges are appropriate. There is no indication that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Memphis Car Accident Lawsuits
After such a tragic accident, criminal charges are not the only way for the victims to seek justice. They also have the ability to seek damages through a personal injury lawsuit.
Civil lawsuits can help victims cover many of the expenses that come after a seriousmotor vehicle accident, such as medical bills and lost wages. They also provide compensation for pain and suffering. In addition, civil liability can exist even in cases where the defendant’s behavior was not so severe as to warrant criminal charges.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, a Memphis personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights.
Source: The Commercial Appeal, “Odd chain of events preceded fatal West Memphis crash,” Kevin McKenzie, June 22, 2012.