Holiday occasions such as New Year’s Eve can be an enjoyable time to spend with family and friends in order acknowledge a special occasion. Unfortunately, holidays are not exempt from the risk of individuals being involved in a car accident. In fact, as many people may be on the roadways at times that they normally would not be, holidays could potentially lead to an increased risk of such an accident occurring.

An accident in Tennessee took place in the early hours of New Year’s Day that resulted in a fatality. Reports indicate that the driver of the single vehicle involved lost control of the car and struck a pole. The crash resulted in a 22-year-old man sustaining fatal injuries and another passenger having to be transported from the scene by helicopter. The driver was reported as receiving minor injuries. Another passenger was not injured, and a fifth occupant of the vehicle reportedly left the scene before authorities arrived.

At this time the investigation into the accident is ongoing. No charges have been filed in relation to the event, but a blood sample from the driver was taken and sent for testing. Because the accident resulted in a fatality, the driver could potentially face serious charges.

The family of the young man who was killed is likely seeing the event as a tragic way to begin the year. As a result, they may wish to explore their options concerning legal action they may be able to take against the driver deemed at fault for the fatal car accident. Tennessee state laws dealing with wrongful death claims could allow the family to gain knowledge on how to utilize such a claim and whether they could possibly be entitled to compensation.

Source: WGNS Radio, UPDATE on Fatal Accident in Murfreesboro New Year’s Day- Names Released and One Passenger Unaccounted For, No author, Jan. 1, 2014