Maryville DUI Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving remains a seemingly untameable problem in the U.S. Thousands needlessly lose their lives every year to drunk drivers. While Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has helped to significantly decrease the number of fatalities since the 1990s, nearly one in four Tennessee traffic fatalities is caused by drunk driving, according to Backgroundchecks.org, and thousands more result in serious injuries for innocent road users. Fortunately for the injured survivors who get maimed by DUI drivers, proving liability is generally fairly straight forward, making personal injury claims easier to win against the at-fault party. However, ensuring that you are fairly compensated is another matter, which is why you must be represented by an attorney. Here at Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC, our experienced Maryville DUI accident lawyers have successfully handled countless DUI claims, and can help you take on the reckless drunk driver who put you in the hospital.
Why Consuming Alcohol is So Dangerous Behind The Wheel
As most people know, driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or more is illegal in Tennessee, and across the country. However, what many do not fully realize is that any amount of alcohol in a driver’s system reduces their ability to drive. As such, even a BAC of 0.05 or less can be used as evidence of the impaired driver’s fault in causing the collision. Driving impaired, to any degree of BAC, results in the following, according to Alcohol Rehab Guide:
- Reduced reaction time;
- Poor decision making;
- Reduced concentration;
- Decreased vision; and
- Reduced coordination.
The consequences of these unavoidable effects of alcohol often result in speeding, tailgating, swerving from lane to lane or within the lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to notice stop signs or red lights, increased recklessness and aggression, forgetting to drive with headlights, and sudden or erratic movements, such as slamming on the brakes or oversteering.
Recoverable Damages in a Drunk Driving Personal Injury Claim
Victims of drunk drivers can file personal injuries claims in order to recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses and future medical costs;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Emotional distress;
- Property damage;
- Lost wages and earning ability; and
If a loved one was killed by a drunk driver, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering of the victim;
- Lost lifetime earnings of the victim;
- Loss of consortium;
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Property damage;
- Loss of joy of life and emotional distress; and
Call a Maryville Drunk Driving Collision Attorney Today for Assistance
Were you injured in a collision in which the other driver (or the driver of the car in which you were an occupant) was intoxicated? Buzzed driving is the same as drunk driving, and even a single drink impairs a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle. To begin the process of filing a personal injury claim against the reckless driver who caused your injuries, call our Maryville drunk driving injury lawyers at Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC today at 865-457-6440 to schedule a free case evaluation.