The drunk drivers on Tennessee's roadways, including Knoxville's, pose a threat to all, even school children. This can be seen by a recent accident in Knoxville where a drunk driver crashed into an SUV, then crossed a median and slammed into the driver's side of a school bus. The bus had about 45 students onboard when the wreck occurred, and six of them were taken to the hospital with injuries. The driver of the SUV was also taken to the hospital. The errant driver was taken into custody for charges that include DUI second offense, driving with a revoked license, and following a vehicle too closely.
A car accident like this can levy a heavy toll on a victim. He or she may suffer serious injuries, including broken bones, torn ligaments, a neck injury, a head injury and/or permanent disability. All too often these accidents result in death. Those who are fortunate enough to survive a drunk driving accident often struggle to cope with their physical injuries and emotional damage while finding a way to pay for their expenses, both medical and personal.
This is where the legal system can help a victim. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, the victim can attempt to recover compensation from a drunk driver. Certain elements, namely negligence and causation, must be satisfactorily shown in order for a victim to recover, but an experienced attorney can assist in throughout the process. The law can be complex, but an attorney can explain the legal steps to a victim so he or she can make fully informed decisions that support his or her best interests.
If compensation is recovered, then a victim may find financial stability during a time of physical and emotional turmoil. This money can help pay medical costs, cover lost wages and ease pain and suffering. At the same time, these recoveries can serve as punishment for an intoxicated driver, sending the message that such poor behavior will not go unaddressed.
Source: WBIR, "Clinton man charged with DUI after crashing into school bus," Mar. 5, 2014