Car accidents can take a terrible toll on family and community

One of the sadder truths in life is that there are no promises of tomorrow. In reality, in spite of experience and careful consideration while behind the wheel, the actions of other motorists can lead to tragic car accidents that leave not just family, but also a community, in mourning. One such accident in Tennessee has taken the life of a dedicated police officer.

Shortly after midnight, an officer had just completed his shift and was likely headed home. While stopped at an intersection, his vehicle was struck from behind by a larger SUV. The impact caused the officer's car to overturn and slide across the roadway, killing him. A witness stated that the second driver was traveling at a high rate of speed before the collision. The motorist left his vehicle on foot and crossed the road to a nearby gas station.

The driver was later located by responding officers. They reported that the driver was bleeding from the mouth, appeared glassy-eyed and was slow to respond to commands. In addition, he exhibited difficulty in standing, and there was an odor of alcohol on his person. He was later identified and charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash involving a fatality and possession of a controlled substance.

The charged driver has a previous history of driving violations as well as prior DUI charges. He is awaiting further proceedings in this fatal crash. The Tennessee officer who died was well-respected in his community as being fair toward those whom he had served for more than 25 years. These horrifying car accidents often leave family members devastated financially in addition to the emotional pain and loss. When evidence of negligent behavior caused or significantly contributed to a fatal crash, family members may choose to seek compensation for their documented damages through the civil courts.

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