A head-on car accident in Tennessee resulted in the death of one man on Nov. 3. Investigators suspected that one of the drivers, a 45-year-old Erin woman, was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Reports indicated that charges were pending against her.

The accident occurred at about 6 p.m. on Highway 49 in Erin. The deceased man, a 23-year-old White Bluff resident, was traveling in a Nissan Maxima in the eastbound lane when a westbound Dodge Ram crossed the centerline. The pickup truck collided head-on with the Maxima and moved partially on top of it, causing the Maxima’s roof to detach. The car overturned and came to a stop on the shoulder to the right of the eastbound lane. The force of the impact sent the pickup truck to the shoulder to the right of the westbound lane, where it came to a stop resting on its passenger side.

The 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The 45-year-old woman suffered unspecified injuries, and an emergency crew transported her to a hospital. Police suspected she had been drinking and ordered toxicology samples. The nature of the criminal charges pending in the case was undisclosed in reports. The woman also received a citation in connection with the crash.

The sorrow and anger after an accident may leave drunk driving victims’ surviving spouses, children or parents depressed and struggling to resume their normal routines. Personal injury attorneys can be a valuable source of advice about what damages victims’ families can seek from drunk drivers after fatal accidents. Damages from a successful wrongful death suit may provide relief for debts from burial, lost income and other expenses.

Source: The Leaf-Chronicle, “White Bluff man killed in Houston County crash,” Mark Hicks, Nov. 4, 2014

Source: WKRN, “Head-on crash in Erin leaves the White Bluff man dead“, November 04, 2014