Many people have been affected or know someone who has been injured or killed by someone who decided to drive under the influence. Driving while intoxicated seems to have become an accepted, or at least overlooked, part of life in Tennessee and throughout the United States. However, drunk driving is not something to be taken lightly, as evidenced in one recent motor vehicle collision.
A man, thought to be around 21 years of age, was traveling along a roadway before his vehicle crossed the centerline dividing traffic and slammed into a vehicle moving in the opposite direction. The impact of the crash injured both parties in the second car. Both were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The driver allegedly responsible attempted to leave the scene of the accident before authorities caught him, and officers believe he was driving intoxicated. Officials found at least three false forms of identification on the driver. He is currently facing several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident, forgery and vehicular assault on two counts. This man is currently being held without bond.
While this driver is facing charges concerning this motor vehicle collision in Tennessee, the two victims injured during the course of the crash have the right to take action. These two victims can file civil claims for their personal injury, which, if successfully litigated, may result in some financial compensation for the medical expenses they are now facing. Victims of other car accidents and drunk driving crashes can seek assistance from legal professionals in understanding their rights and what steps they can take.
Source: t-g.com, "Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Local News: DUI suspect, whoever he is, leaves two injured (11/08/16)", David Melson, Nov. 8, 2016