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5th DUI charge made against man after drunk driving accident

The road is a dangerous place. The negligence of another driver can place even the safest motorists at risk of an auto accident. One of the most dangerous drivers on the road is the drunk driver. With reckless disregard for traffic laws and human well-being, these drivers can cause a wreck that causes serious injuries or death. And, as a recent case in Murfreesboro illustrates, the criminal justice system does little to aid a victim of a drunk driving accident and keep these dangerous motorists off the road.

In Murfreesboro, a man was recently arrested and charged with his 5th DUI. The man was arrested after causing an accident and fleeing the scene. Police later found the drunk driver under a pine tree with several open containers in his vehicle. No information has been released regarding the status of the crash victim.

Though Tennessee law mandates that any DUI charge after the fourth is a Class E felony, which carries mandatory jail time, fines, and a lengthy license suspension, it does little to help victims and keep intoxicated drivers off the road. A more efficient route to solving both of these problems is a civil lawsuit.

To succeed in a lawsuit against a drunk driver, an auto accident victim need only show that the drunk driver was negligent, that negligence caused the accident, and the victim received compensable injuries. When a driver is intoxicated, negligence is easily proven. Therefore, in most instances of a drunk driving accident, a victim can obtain compensation.

Awards from a successful lawsuit can be used to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damage caused to the victim's vehicle. This ensures that victims can focus on their recovery and moving on with life. Additionally, these winnings financially strain drunk drivers and place them in a position where they may not be able to afford to drive. Then, hopefully, Tennessee residents will not have to read about individuals receiving their fifth DUI.

Source: WGNS Radio, "28-Year Old Faces 5th DUI Charge in Murfreesboro," Jan. 7, 2013

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