Two Tennessee women were severely injured in an accident that occurred on May 16, 2013, and the trial of the woman whom authorities say is responsible began on Nov. 17. She is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, improper traffic lane violation and vehicular assault. Her attorney argues that the case should be a civil one and not a criminal one.
The accident happened around 7 a.m. in Clarksville. A witness reported seeing a pickup truck in front of him that was swerving and nearly hit two other cars before hitting a Chevrolet head-on. The witness stopped, called 911 and went to the assistance of the injured individuals. According to him, the woman driving the pickup appeared to be under the influence based on her behavior after the accident.
The driver of the Chevrolet had a broken femur. Her passenger was unconscious, and according to reports, she was initially not expected to live.
Authorities say that the accused woman stopped at a convenience store where she purchased a drink and took an Oxycontin pill shortly before the wreck. They also allege that they discovered a pill bottle in her purse that day.
Whether or not a driver is found guilty in the criminal case, individuals who are injured in a car accident like this one may wish to bring a civil suit against the liable party. The help of a personal injury attorney may prove beneficial when filing such a suit. If compensation is awarded, an injured victim might recover his or her lost wages, vehicle damage costs and hospital expenses.
Source: The Leaf-Chronicle , "Trial begins in wreck that hurt MCHS cheerleaders", Tavia D. Green, November 17, 2014