A 49-year-old woman died in a car crash recently and a man has been charged with vehicular homicide. Motor vehicle accidents claim the lives of many Tennessee residents each year. Police say the vehicle driven by the accused didn’t stop for a red light, causing it to crash into a vehicle in which the victim was a passenger. Upon impact she was thrown from the vehicle and died from the injuries she suffered.
The 27-year-old driver of the vehicle that allegedly caused the crash is not only charged with vehicular homicide, but with second offense DUI, violation of the implied consent law and failure to obey a traffic control device. His bond was set at $300,000. Police are still asking witnesses to the crash to come forward.
The penalties for vehicular homicide are severe. But no amount of atonement can make up for losing a loved one due to the negligence of another person. The family may be able to sue for pain and suffering, loss of financial income the deceased may have provided for his or her family members and for added expenses such as funeral costs. Those injured in the same vein, have the same right to pursue financial compensation.
Those in Tennessee who have lost loved ones as a result of motor vehicle accidents may wish to consult with legal counsel regarding the possibility of pursuing legal recourse. There are many variables that come into play in these instances. Also, an attorney may be able to see something in an individual case to help those injured in car crashes to make their cases for financial compensation.