Drunk Driving Car Accidents
Tennessee law forbids driving while impaired by alcohol or other impairing substances. People who drive while impaired put others at unnecessary risk of harm. Victims who are seeking a Nashville car accident lawyer for guidance and representation can consult Attorney Eric Beasley. For over 15 years, Mr. Beasley has provided diligent and thorough advocacy to his clients. If you or a loved one has been injured by someone who got behind the wheel while intoxicated, he can help you explore your options and assert your rights.Pursuing Compensation from a Drunk Driver
Tennessee law provides that driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher may result in criminal charges. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is illegal, and drunk drivers often demonstrate distracted or reckless behaviors, such as driving well over the speed limit or disregarding traffic signals. Reasonable people are not expected to drink alcohol past the point of intoxication and then operate a motor vehicle. If a drunk driver causes a car accident, and another person is harmed, the driver may be held liable under a negligence theory of law.
A personal injury lawsuit for damages can recover compensation for the victim’s costs and losses resulting from a drunk driving accident. The victim must try to show that the other driver did not behave as a reasonable person would have behaved under similar circumstances. To demonstrate negligence, the victim must first show that the defendant driver owed him or her a duty of care. Second, this duty must have been breached, such as by driving while under the influence. The victim also must show that the breach directly caused harm to him or her, and damages must be identified.
A drunk driving victim may be able to recover a broad spectrum of damages in a personal injury lawsuit, including both economic and non-economic types of compensation. Lost wages, medical expenses, and damage to a vehicle are examples of economic damages. Pain and suffering, loss of ability to enjoy life, and loss of consortium are types of non-economic damages, which are more subjective. Additionally, punitive damages may be available in drunk driving cases.
Comparative fault may be an issue in a personal injury lawsuit alleging negligence. Under Tennessee law, courts follow the doctrine of modified comparative fault. A defendant may allege that the injured person is responsible for some or all of the damages because of his or her own negligence in causing or contributing to the accident. This means that a plaintiff may not recover damages if he or she is found to be more than 50 percent responsible for the crash. If a plaintiff is 50 percent or less responsible, however, he or she still may be able to receive a damages award that is proportionate to the defendant’s degree of fault.Contact a Nashville Lawyer for a Motor Vehicle Collision Case
Motor vehicle collision victims usually have legal rights and remedies that they should consider. Nashville car accident attorney Eric Beasley can help you and your family develop a course of action following a drunk driving crash. Mr. Beasley represents accident victims in cities including but not limited to, Metro Nashville, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, as well as communities throughout Davidson, Robertson, Sumner, Wilson, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties and across Middle Tennessee. Our office can be reached by calling (615) 859-2223 or using our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.