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3 die in single-vehicle accident

An August 8 accident resulted in the deaths of three people in Anderson County, reportedly. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the crash occurred on Wolf Valley Road at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Authorities stated that a 45-year-old woman was driving a vehicle with two passengers when she attempted to navigate a curve in the roadway to no avail. Consequently, the vehicle left the roadway and flipped over, ejecting all of its occupants, authorities reported.

The two passengers, ages 44 and 25, both died as a result of the incident. The 45-year-old driver was killed as well, officials stated. Purportedly, all three of the vehicle's occupants were drinking at the time the incident.

As this case illustrates, traffic accidents can have deadly ramifications, even when there is only one vehicle involved. If speed and impairment were in fact contributing factors in this fatal car accident, as law enforcement officials allege, then the event might give rise to civil action. That is because the families of people who die in an auto accident may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the party whose negligence contributed to the accident. In the event that the at-fault party died in the accident, the wrongful death claims may be brought against the at-fault party's estate.

By filing this type of claim, certain bereaved family members may seek compensation for the pecuniary damages that they suffered in relation to the sudden loss of their loved one. For example, they may seek to recover funeral expenses and the costs associated with the decedent's estate administration. In addition, they may seek lost earnings if their deceased loved one had contributed income to dependents while alive.

Source: WATE, "3 killed in rollover accident in Anderson county", August 10, 2014

Source: WATE, "3 killed in rollover accident in Anderson county", August 10, 2014

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