Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers were on the scene of a fatal accident that occurred on March 11. The car accident involved two vehicles that were traveling in Elk Valley, and troopers say alcohol might have been a factor. One person was killed and two other people were injured in the fatal car crash.
Troopers were called to the location of the accident at the corner of Little Elk Creek Road and State Highway 297 at 11:18 p.m. The accident report says that a 33-year-old man was traveling southbound on Little Creek Road in a Jeep and then tried to make a turn onto State Highway 297. A 54-year-old man driving a Dodge Ram failed to yield and collided head-on with the Jeep.
A 33-year-old passenger in one of the vehicles was killed in the accident, and both of the drivers suffered from injuries. According to troopers on the scene, none of the crash victims had their seat belts on. Troopers say criminal charges are pending as a result of this accident, but there were no reports about the exact charges that were filed.
A driver who causes a fatal accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs could face severe criminal charges. The driver could also end up as the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by or on behalf of the surviving family members of a deceased victim. Families of deceased car accident victims typically seek compensation for funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, end-of-life medical care and other damages. A civil lawsuit may be maintained regardless of whether or not there are criminal charges eventually brought against the impaired driver.