Russell County accident takes life of local high school teacher

A high school science teacher in Russell County died after being involved in a wreck that occurred on Aug. 21. The wreck happened at approximately 7 a.m. when the 2008 Suzuki Forenza that the science teacher was driving hit a 2005 International Tractor Trailer. The Suzuki got pinned beneath the 18-wheeler on U.S. 431 and Highway 169.

The science teacher was not wearing her seat belt when the wreck occurred. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler did not suffer from any injuries. As of this report, Alabama state troopers were still investigating the incident. Although no criminal charges have yet to be filed in the accident, the family of the teacher who died in the wrongful death could choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the 18-wheeler.

Wrongful death compensation might be able to help the surviving family members pay the woman's outstanding hospital bills as well as her funeral expenses. Additionally, her family might have depended upon her income for financial support. With her death, a burden might have been put on their family. Wrongful death compensation might be able to assist them with the financial strain they may have incurred at the untimely death of their loved one.

Additionally, family members might have suffered trauma and other psychological damage at the unexpected death of their loved one. They could be able to seek compensation for the pain and suffering they have endured. Personal injury lawyers might be able to help them determine whether or not they have the grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If they do, an attorney might then be able to help them fill out the paperwork needed to file the appropriate motions with the court.

Source: Ledger-Enquirer, "Update: Woman killed in wreck was Russell County High School science teacher", Chuck Williams, August 28, 2013

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