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A soldier settles vehicular death lawsuit

A former soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is scheduled to settle a lawsuit involving the death of a woman in a head-on collision. He was charged with DUI, vehicular and aggravated assault, and vehicular homicide as well as leaving the scene of the accident. While many car accidents result in lawsuits, those involving reckless endangerment may also include higher levels of compensation due to punitive damages.

The 28-year-old driver was traveling on Highway 79, also known as the Guthrie Highway, when he allegedly crossed over the center line and hit the victim's car head-on. The 47-year-old woman sustained critical injuries and died about six months after the accident. The driver ran from the scene and was found about 1.5 hours later in the woods by deputies. According to police reports, the driver was under the influence of both Xanax and beer at the time of the crash.

The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed. However, in many cases in which drivers are operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both, settlements may include amounts for punitive or exemplary damages. These damages are in addition to payments made for pain and suffering, medical bills, funeral costs and loss of companionship for family members.

Victims who have suffered injuries or the families of those who die in DUI-related crashes may seek the help of a motor vehicle accident attorney in settling these cases. Motor vehicle accident lawyers in Tennessee may be able to help the victims or their survivors collect compensation for a variety of injuries and costs.

Source: The Leaf Chronicle, "Settlement in works in vehicular homicide case," Tavia D. Green, March 8, 2013

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