Drugged Driving Accidents
Impaired driving accidents are not always caused by drivers who are drunk. Rather, in many cases, a driver will be impaired due to the use of prescription or illicit drugs. Drugged driving accidents typically arise when a person ingests medication that depletes his or her judgment and ability to react. Accidents caused by drug-impaired drivers are often catastrophic, and can result in serious injuries or even death. If you suffered injuries in a collision with a drugged driver, you may be able to seek damages. Nashville car accident lawyer Eric Beasley helps injured parties in the pursuit of compensation for their harm, and he will work diligently to help you make your claims. Mr. Beasley regularly represents parties in car accident cases in cities throughout Middle Tennessee.Tennessee Impaired Driving Laws
Under Tennessee law, it is unlawful for anyone to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any drug that impairs the ability to safely operate a vehicle, due to the fact that it diminishes the driver’s control and mental clarity. Drugs include not only illicit drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, and marijuana, but also controlled substances and prescription drugs, such as sleep aids and benzodiazepines. Many over the counter drugs, such as allergy and cough medicine, can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely as well.Establishing Liability in Drugged Driving Accidents
Most lawsuits that arise out of drugged driving accidents are intended to establish liability on a theory of negligence. Under Tennessee law, to prove that a driver’s negligence caused a car accident, you must prove that the driver owed you a duty of care and that the driver's conduct fell below the standard of care, constituting a breach. You must also show that the breach caused the accident and that you sustained measurable damages in the accident.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding an accident, it can be challenging to prove that a driver’s negligence was the cause. In cases in which a driver involved in an accident was impaired due to drug use, however, the driver may be deemed negligent per se. Negligence per se arises when a penal statute sets forth the standard of care. Thus, a person alleging negligence per se does not need to show that the driver acted in a manner that violated the duty of care imposed on a reasonable person, but instead can establish that the driver is negligent as a matter of law because he or she violated the statute. A negligence per se claim can be asserted in cases in which the law the driver violated was designed to protect a certain class of people, the plaintiff is a member of that class, and the plaintiff’s injury is the type of injury the law was meant to prevent. A seasoned car accident lawyer can assess whether this type of claim may be applicable in your case.Damages Caused by Drugged Driving Accidents
Accidents caused by impaired drivers can cause significant damages. If you are successfully able to establish that you were injured in an accident caused by a drugged driver, you may be able to recover the cost of any medical treatment you needed to undergo for your injuries, as well as the cost of any treatment you will need in the future. You may also be awarded lost wages if your injuries rendered you unable to work. In addition to compensation for your economic losses, you may be able to recover damages for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Additionally, if you were married at the time of the accident, your spouse may be able to pursue claims against the driver.Consult an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Nashville
If you sustained injuries in an accident with a drugged driver in Nashville, you may be able to recover damages for your harm. Eric Beasley is a dedicated car accident attorney who can advise you of your potential claims and what compensation you may be owed from the driver that caused the accident. Mr. Beasley’s office is in Goodlettsville, and he regularly represents parties in lawsuits in Nashville as well as in Lebanon, Goodlettsville, Murfreesboro, and Hendersonville. Mr. Beasley also assists people in cities in Williamson, Sumner, Robertson, Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson Counties, and throughout Middle Tennessee. You can reach Mr. Beasley through the form online or at (800) 431-2768 to set up a conference.