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Drunk Drivers May Be Liable for Car Accident Injuries in Tennessee

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Campbell County drunk driving accident lawyerEvery year, thousands of Americans are arrested for DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), yet many drivers continue to choose to drive drunk. Drunk driving can come with serious legal ramifications, from potential jail time to substantial fines. Most importantly, those who choose to drive drunk may be held liable for the injuries that result if they are involved in a car accident. In 2016 alone, over 10,000 Americans died in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one are impacted by the negligent actions of a drunk driver, you should understand your options for pursuing compensation for your damages. 

Drunk Driving Injuries in Tennessee

Here in the state of Tennessee, drunk driving continues to be a monumental safety issue. While alcohol-related traffic crashes have declined since 2012, the number of collisions involving inebriated drivers is still staggering. According to Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there were approximately 6,130 alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in 2017. In the decade between 2003 and 2012, over 3,400 people lost their lives in accidents involving drunk driving across the state. Tragically, the rate of alcohol-related traffic fatalities is higher among almost every age demographic when comparing the state of Tennessee to national statistics. 

Addressing the Issue 

The number of drunk driving injuries is on the decline here in Tennessee, and a major reason for that is the increased number of drunk driving arrests by law enforcement. State officials have used anti-drinking and driving advertisement initiatives, increases in DUI checkpoints (which are legal in Tennessee), and additional highway patrollers as a means of addressing the issue. As a result, since 2012, a year in which Tennessee witnessed 7,368 alcohol-related traffic collisions, injuries suffered due to drunk driving have declined by 17%. 

What You Can Do to Remain Safe 

Unfortunately, even the most cautious drivers are at risk when they are on the road. So what can you do to remain safe? The best ways to increase your safety are fairly simple: always wear your seat belt, keep your distance from aggressive drivers, and avoid driving after using alcohol or drugs. 

Set Up a Free Consultation With a Jacksboro Personal Injury Lawyer

At Coller & Evans, Attorneys at Law, our legal team understands how impactful a car accident can be for the whole family. In the aftermath of an accident, victims are faced with the potential loss of income, a lengthy and expensive healing process, and possibly chronic pain. If you or a member of your family have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is critically important to contact a skilled attorney. To set up a free consultation with a Campbell County car accident attorney, call us today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources: 

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/Alcohol.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/Drunk_Driving_in_TN.pdf

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