Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common sources of injury and death in the United States, and they can affect anyone. 

The 27 year old daughter of a well known musician died in an accident in Tennessee

Driver and passenger are injured when their vehicle rolls over on Highway 79

The incident happened late on a Saturday night when the victim’s vehicle was on Highway 79 near the town of Paris. The car was towing a boat, and at some point police believe that it crossed the center median and started to roll over on the opposite side of the road. 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed that one victim in the vehicle died, and another had to be airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

The young woman who died, Katherine Williams-Dunning,  was identified as the daughter of country singer Hank Williams Junior. The man who was airlifted to the hospital was her 29 year old husband, and his condition after the accident was unknown. The couple was married in October of 2015, and they had two children together, aged 5 and 2. The report did not say which member of the couple was driving and which one was a passenger. 

Williams is well known in the country music scene, as both his father and his son Hank the Third have large followings. Hank Williams Sr. appeared on Monday Night Football for decades while his theme song for the sports show played in the background. 

Accidents that result in death in Tennessee

The civil lawsuit that is filed after any deadly accident is called a wrongful death action. These cases are similar to other negligence cases in the state, but Tennessee has some specific rules regarding these cases and how they are decided. 

The statute for wrongful death lawsuits says that only certain family members may bring the case within a short period of time after the accident. This can be done if there are additional criminal charges filed against the person responsible or not. The outcome of the civil and criminal cases do not affect each other. A child, parent, or representative of the deceased person’s estate must bring the case within one year of the incident, otherwise it is too late. 

Damages that are available to a victim’s family include costs for a funeral service and burial, lost income and future lost wages based on the person’s earning potential, and non-economic amounts related to emotional trauma and the loss of the person’s companionship and services. 

Speak with a local Tennessee car crash lawyer

There are attorneys in your state who can help after an accident. They can provide advice about civil lawsuits and other important related issues. To learn more, speak with:

The Law Office of George R. Fusner

7104 Peach Court, Brentwood TN 37027