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by Michael Ponce | May 10, 2011

emergencyNashville Auto Accident Wrongful Death: Who is Liable?

Tennessee auto accidents occur on a daily basis, and as a result of these collisions more than 1,000 people are killed every year on average somewhere in the state. When someone is killed because of the negligence of another person or people, the family that has lost a loved one often is unsure of where to turn for help as they struggle with an enormous amount of unforeseen grief and sorrow. Those who are in this position should seek the immediate advice of a Nashville wrongful death lawyer, as those who could be liable in these situations could vary depending on the circumstances of the crash. Below are a few examples of potentially liable parties.

Liability of the Other Driver or Drivers

The most common liable party when someone files a Tennessee wrongful death lawsuit that leads to a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs is the other driver. The other driver is named as a defendant in these lawsuits, and that defendant need not have done something purposely wrong. Instead, a mere mistake can result in someone’s death, and these mistakes can lead to a wrongful death.

Fault of the Other Driver’s Employer

When someone is killed in a Tennessee trucking accident in particular, it’s possible that both the other driver and the driver’s employer could be liable for the damages that result from a Tennessee wrongful death lawsuit. This is due to the fact that employers are generally responsible for the working environment and conditions that affect the actions of their workers.

Faulty Vehicles – Manufacturer Liability

If a Tennessee auto accident occurs that results in a death that was caused by a defective vehicle, that vehicle manufacturer can be sued for damages under a theory or products liability law. In these lawsuits, the plaintiff must show that the vehicle in question was in fact defective and that this defect is what led to the accident that resulted in the wrongful death.

Nashville Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Provide Legal Help

Clearly, there are many different parties who could be found liable in the aftermath of a fatal Tennessee auto accident. However, deciding which parties to name to a lawsuit and how to pursue the wrongful death liability should be done by experienced professionals. If you have lost someone you love in a crash, contact the Nashville wrongful death attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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