According to research promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 28 Americans die in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents each and every day. That amounts to a drunk driving fatality just about every 53 minutes or more than one drunk driving casualty every hour of every day, each day of the year. Drunk driving is a national problem and contributes to nearly one-third of all motor vehicle accident deaths across the United States.
These staggering statistics are heartbreaking and hit too close to home for many people who live in Tennessee. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to a drunk driving accident know the double pain of saying goodbye to someone they love as well as knowing that the accident that claimed their loved one's life could have been prevented.
Alcohol can affect a driver's capacity to safely operate a motor vehicle on many levels. From their aptitude to focus on the road in front of them to their ability to safely negotiate around obstacles and hazards in the road, a driver's competence can be significantly impacted if alcohol is present in their system.
Coping with the hardship of losing a loved one in a drunk driving accident is not something any Tennessee family should have to do alone. In incidents where the negligent and reckless conduct of a drunk driver led to the death of another motorist or passenger there are legal claims that give the victims' surviving family members' rights to sue on their behalf. These wrongful death claims can compensate victims' families for the losses they were forced to endure when drunk drivers caused their loved ones to perish in motor vehicle accidents.