Booze. Sauce. Liquid courage. There are a variety of names that can be used when one discusses alcohol. Adults throughout Tennessee regularly consume alcohol in a responsible manner and make good choices when it comes to driving after imbibing. However, from time to time individuals fail to recognize their levels of intoxication and decide to drive when their drunkenness will prevent them from safely doing so.
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.
Drunk driving accidents are horrific examples of incidents that should be preventable through responsible conduct and the absence of avoidable negligence. However, as too many Tennessee victims can attest, drunk drivers cause a number of vehicle accidents each and every year and those accidents can result in victims' injuries and deaths. In many cases a person who causes a drunk driving accident will face a criminal charge based on DUI and, as a result a victim may not be sure if they also may pursue litigation against the drunk driver for their losses as well.
In 2015 more than 250 people were killed by drunk drivers in Tennessee. That same year, more than 23,000 people in Tennessee were arrested for driving under the influence.
Last week this Tennessee personal injury legal blog discussed some of the very dangerous effects alcohol can have on a driver's body. Even a small amount of alcohol that does not rise to the legal limit of .08 percent of a person's blood alcohol concentration may impact a driver's ability to safely operate his vehicle. When individuals mix alcohol with driving, the consequences can be devastating.
In 2015, more than 10,000 individuals lost their lives in drunk driving accidents on American roads, including too many people from Tennessee. Despite efforts by law enforcement officials and educational providers to teach people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, the practice continues to be a deadly problem. This post will provide information to readers about why drunk driving is so dangerous and how alcohol can affect a driver's ability to operate their vehicle.
Sometimes the holidays can bring about an increase in drunk driving. State and local police departments often make extensive efforts to catch drunk drivers before they cause any harm, but as was discussed in last week's post, drunk driving accidents are still quite prevalent across Tennessee. Those who are lucky escape these accidents with minor injuries. Others, though, aren't so fortunate. For them, their life post-accident can be filled with pain and suffering, extensive medical treatment, and a massive shift in their day-to-day lives.
With the holiday season in full swing, many Tennesseans are celebrating with parties and other social gatherings. In many instances, alcohol is involved in these get-togethers. Although some individuals are able to responsibly enjoy alcohol, others are not. Sadly, Tennessee has more than its fair share of drunk drivers. These individuals can cause devastating accidents that leave victims with extensive damages that range from the physical to the financial.
When it comes to the law, the civil and the criminal sides often operate according to different rules. However, in some instances, the rules apply to both. This is critical, as having a full understanding of what are otherwise considered criminal matters can be powerful in a civil lawsuit. One of the better examples of when this interplay can be important is in cases where the chain of custody may become an issue.