A new bill called Tyler’s Law is making its way through the Tennessee House and Senate and is geared towards financially aiding families of victims who have suffered the same fate as Tyler Head. In February 2012, Head was on his way to class at Austin Peay State University when he was hit head-on by another truck driven by Vincent Clark. Clark was taken to the hospital for serious injuries where he recovered, but Head died at the scene. Clark pleaded guilty last year to reckless homicide and reckless aggravated assault.
Normally in a case such as this, the insurance company of the driver at fault would be responsible for the costs of the truck accident of the victim, but Clark was uninsured. What made the tragedy even more difficult for Head’s family was that his mother, Gina Head-Hieber, was told she did not meet the criteria when she filed for financial assistance with the victim’s compensation office. Tyler’s Law would add victims whose injuries or deaths were caused by a motor vehicle or watercraft due to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated vehicular homicide and reckless homicide.
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to expose problems within the system, but hopefully the Head family’s persistence will help ensure no other families are left financially powerless following such a horrible tragedy. So if you suffered serious injuries in a truck accident or your loved one was killed in a fatal car accident, then please speak with our Nashville car accident attorney today at (615) 866-3938.
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