Alcohol is a contributing factor in many auto accidents. Sadly, every day, intoxicated drivers take to Tennessee's streets, putting other unsuspecting motorists at risk of serious injuries. Those who are harmed in these wrecks often face a long road to recovery. Physical, emotional, and financial harm can take hold after a drunk driving accident, and legal action is often the only way to try to recoup these losses.
Those who find themselves in a drunk driving accident often suffer serious injuries. Victims can be left physically debilitated, emotionally wrecked, and financially devastated. It can take years, sometimes even decades to recover from these losses. In some instances, victims are never able to fully recover. If you have been hurt in one of these accidents, one way you can help ensure you reach as full a recovery as possible is to try to recover as much compensation as possible from the negligent parties who harmed you. But who are those parties?
Our law firm has devoted itself to helping Tennesseans who have been injured in car accidents. While we spend a lot of time talking about distracted driving accidents and what steps are necessary to recover compensation in such an incident, Knoxville residents should be aware of the prevalence of drunk driving.
No matter what type of vehicle one drives, a drunk driver can put them in danger of serious injuries or death. Yet, while a drunk driving accident between two or more vehicles can be disastrous, there may be another type of drunk driving accident that can increase the risk of physical harm: one involving a pedestrian.
Even with the launch of Tennessee's "Booze It or Lose It" campaign which was discussed on the blog last week, a terrible fatal accident has occurred in Knox County that police think was alcohol-related. Police report an individual who appeared to have been intoxicated was traveling down John Sevier Highway when he crossed the center line and smacked head-on into an SUV. The SUV then slammed into a van. The driver of the SUV was killed and his two kids were injured. Three people in the van were also injured as was the errant driver. That driver has been tested for alcohol and drugs.
It is no secret that drinking and driving is dangerous. Yet, even with the information and statistics about drunk driving constantly being thrust into the public limelight, many still choose to drink and get behind the wheel. With the Labor Day weekend fast approaching, the state of Tennessee is ramping up measures to stop these dangerous drivers and protect other motorists.