A tragedy can happen in the blink of an eye. When a person is behind the wheel, that instant can have a horrendous impact on a person's life. When a momentary lapse in judgment, regardless of the cause, results in a fatal accident in Tennessee, a person may find him or herself in need of a criminal defense.
A fatal crash occurred on a recent Friday afternoon on Clinton Highway near Shepard Lane in Anderson County. A car driven by a 36-year-old man was travelling south on the highway when he allegedly crossed over the center line and crashed head-on into a northbound vehicle driven by a 64-year-old man from Harriman. The man from Harriman died as a result of his injuries.
The 36-year-old was reportedly tested for drug and alcohol use. The results of the test did not indicate the presence of alcohol but allegedly did reveal the presence of drugs. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. There were no other injuries reported, and there were no other vehicles involved. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Being involved in a fatal car accident can be a terrifying experience in Tennessee. It is important to be aware of one's rights in such a situation. Any person charged with a criminal offense is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal defense attorney can apprise a person of his or her rights and ensure that those rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process. Guilt must be established by the prosecution and be supported by the evidence presented.