Even when motorists in Tennessee do their best to pay attention, they may encounter a distracted driver who changes everything. Unexpected motor vehicle crashes can have severe and long-lasting consequences.

For one Tennessee family, the untimely death of a newlywed couple has left the community reeling.

Preventable tragedy

When a young couple and their friend had a collision with a guardrail, no one could have predicted what would happen next. The couple, only married two days earlier, and their friend exited the disabled vehicle and was standing near it when a truck plowed into them. The outcome was fatal for all three individuals. The driver of the truck received treatment at a local hospital for injuries that authorities described as non-life-threatening.

The newlywed’s family described their pain and shock at losing the couple, especially at such a sensitive time. Friends and loved ones described how happy the pair appeared. They also expressed remorse for how abruptly the couple’s short marriage ended.

Defensive strategy

Because people cannot predict the behavior of others around them, they can benefit from staying vigilant in their surroundings. People may reduce their risks of injury or death when they practice defensive driving strategies that allow them to notice potential dangers before they become a threat.

In situations where the negligent act of another results in a severe injury or death, victims and their families deserve adequate support. Working with an attorney may enable injured persons to build a compelling case that shows how their suffering happened because of someone else.

Source: The New York Post, “Newlyweds killed in crash two days after wedding,” Jackie Salo, Oct. 20, 2021