A family traveled through Arkansas to visit relatives in another state, but they never made it there. A tragic car accident on Interstate 30 cut their trip short. The mother was killed and daughter critically injured, but the father and young son survived.
At approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, a family was travelling on I-30 in their SUV. Another car, which was allegedly driving erratically, hit their SUV and caused them to swerve off the road where they hit a clump of trees. The husband, who was driving the SUV when the accident happened, and the 9-year-old son sustained no serious injuries. The family's 12-year-old daughter sustained critical injuries and was placed into a medically induced coma after being admitted to hospital.
The father reported that his daughter will probably undergo surgery after swelling on her brain had subsided. The impact of the accident killed the mother. The driver of the other vehicle sustained injuries, but his two passengers were uninjured. The circumstances and cause of the accident is being investigated.
Nothing is more devastating than losing a spouse or close relative in a fatal car accident. Compounding the tragedy, the grieving family also has the critically injured daughter in the hospital and staggering medical and funeral expenses. However, they retain the right to file a wrongful death claim as a result of the deceased mother and a personal injury claim with regards to the daughter against those parties deemed responsible. A successfully litigated claim in an Arkansas court will not change what happened, but it may lighten the financial burden placed on the family as a result of this tragedy.
Source: WKRN, Franklin mother killed, family injured in Arkansas crash, Quinn Schuler, Nov.19, 2013