Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other substance that may cause some impairment puts that individual and everyone else on the roadway at risk. Operating a motor vehicle requires drivers to pay attention to other vehicles and the situations occurring all around them. Drinking and driving can cause one to react more slowly or drive more recklessly than they would without any impairment. Those involved in a car accident in Tennessee in which driving under the influence may have been a factor have the right to take action.
One recent collision took place in the early morning hours one Sunday. A driver from Georgia was traveling along the roadway before striking another vehicle carrying two occupants. The impact of the crash had severe and heartbreaking consequences. The two occupants in the vehicle that was struck, ages 18 and 20, were not able to overcome the injuries that they suffered and they both died.
The man allegedly responsible for this automobile crash is facing multiple charges, including DUI, failure to obey a traffic signal, and vehicular homicide. Officials have since arrested this driver. Other information, such as his age and his attorney's comments on the charges, has not yet been released.
The family members of those two young adults who lost their lives in this motor vehicle collision have the right to file civil claims for wrongful death on their behalves. If successfully litigated, these claims may result in some financial compensation for any medical and end-of-life expenses that the families are facing as a result of this crash. Like this family, other victims or victims' family members of a Tennessee car accident can seek assistance from a legal professional to better understand their rights and what to do next.
Source: wbbjtv.com, "Georgia man charged in Tennessee crash that killed 2", Oct. 23, 2016