Stopping for any reason along a highway or interstate is dangerous. When it's dark, however, it's especially dangerous as drivers of other vehicles may have difficulty seeing stalled vehicles. One Tennessee woman was recently killed in a drunk driving accident when the driver of vehicle in which she was a passenger stopped to assist the driver of a stalled vehicle along Tennessee Interstate 240.
The tragic fatal accident occurred around 3 a.m. and was witnessed by another driver who provided police details of the accident. A car was stalled in the far right lane of Interstate 240 and the driver of a Dodge Avenger had made a U-turn and was attempting to provide the stalled car a jump start.
While doing so, a 25-year-old man driving an Impala crashed into the passenger side of the Dodge Avenger. A 41-year-old female who was in the front passenger seat of the Dodge Avenger sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was a single mother with two girls. The 25-year-old man who caused the accident fled the scene of the accident, but was later found.
According to the police report, the 25-year-old man was charged with drunk driving and several other criminal charges are pending against the man.
Due to the negligence acts of one man, two children no longer have a mother. In addition to the criminal charges pending against the 25-year-old man, the family of the deceased woman may chose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
While nothing can ease the pain of unexpectedly and tragically losing a loved one, a wrongful death claim can help recover compensation needed to cover expenses such as medical bills and funeral costs. Likewise, a wrongful death claim can provide finances associated with lost wages.
Source: The Commercial Appeal, "Fatal crash in Memphis helps build Tennessee death toll," Kevin McKenzie, Oct. 30, 2012