Nashville man killed in accident involving passing

Tennessee's roads are the best way to get anywhere from the Mississippi River Valley around Memphis to the Great Smoky Mountains east of Knoxville. The highways and byways of the Volunteer State are largely safe, but a few conditions can raise the chances of a dangerous or deadly collision.

Car accidents are more likely when drivers are driving with excessive speed or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Distracted driving, especially while using cellphones or other devices, may also lead to tragedy.

An 85-year-old driver from Nashville was recently killed in the western part of the city when his car was struck by another car. The other driver, who was not injured in the crash, hit the victim's car when he attempted to pass him on a two-lane road and swerved back into their lane when he saw another vehicle heading the other direction.

The collision caused the victim's car to leave the road and hit a tree. The man died at the scene. Nashville police did not find evidence of drugs or alcohol in the other driver's car, and a preliminary investigation indicates that improper passing was the main factor in the wreck.

The victims of motor vehicle collisions and the survivors of fatally injured victims have the right under Tennessee law to sue the party at fault for personal injury or wrongful death. Suits may include damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and compensation for pain and emotional distress.

An attorney may help victims and their families sort out their legal options after an accident has left them dealing with a death or long-term care.

Source: The Tennessean, "Police identify 85-year-old man killed in West Nashville wreck," Natalie Allison, Feb. 01, 2018

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