Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed that one person was killed and five other people were injured in a highway accident that took place on Feb. 14. The crash occurred in Roane County at about 1:44 p.m. and involved two vehicles that crashed head-on. Five of the accident victims, including the person who was killed, did not have seat belts on during the wreck.
The fatal car crash occurred while a woman was driving westbound on U.S. Highway 70 in a Chevy Trailblazer. When her vehicle drifted across the center line, a man driving a Toyota Tacoma was struck head-on and killed. Both of the drivers involved in the accident had been traveling with two passengers. All five of the survivors of the car accident sustained injuries.
According to THP, the driver of the Chevy SUV tested positive for drugs after the crash. It is unclear what type of drugs were in the driver's system at the time or whether she was impaired by alcohol. Reports indicate that criminal charges and citations were filed as a result of the accident. It is unclear if any civil lawsuits have resulted from the crash.
A driver who was impaired by drugs or alcohol before causing an accident may be held liable for the resulting injuries and deaths. The family of a deceased car accident victim might choose to claim compensation for their financial damages from the liable driver by filing a civil lawsuit against them. Some of the damages that are often claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit are funeral expenses, end-of-life medical care and the loss of future earning capacity and inheritance.