Wrong-way accidents are among the most deadly types of crashes that can occur. They involve twice as much force as that of a crash involving one stopped vehicle. It is not uncommon for one or more of those involved to suffer serious, sometimes fatal injuries. Drivers need to exercise the amount of care necessary to prevent such accidents from occurring. Failing to do so may render their actions negligent, thus making them liable for the resulting damages.
Tragically, a recent wrong-way accident in Tennessee left a woman dead. Tennessee Highway Patrol say that another driver involved, a 36-year-old man, was impaired by alcohol and drugs when his vehicle smashed into three others. He was driving the wrong way on a Tennessee road. The accident occurred a little after 3 a.m.
The woman who was killed in the crash was from South Carolina. She was riding passenger in one of the vehicles that the alleged drunk driver hit. Two other people involved in the accident were also injured. The 36-year-old man is now facing a number of charges, including vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, implied consent and driving under the influence.
When other drivers involved in car accidents are accused of drunk driving or other forms of negligence, victims and their families may be eligible for compensation. Car accidents can be traumatic for both victims and the families of victims. They often have to suffer with not only tragic loss and traumatic injury, but also significant financial damage. Pursuing a negligence suit can sometimes allow victims and their families to obtain compensation. Compensation, though never able to undo the trauma, can help to alleviate some of the financial burden.
Source: ABC 6, "Driver in wrong-way crash on I-75 charged with vehicular homicide," May 25, 2014