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Pigeon Forge DUI Accident Lawyer

People choose to drive drunk and should be held responsible for any harm they inflict on others. According to the Foundation For Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, in 2015 Tennessee had 23,150 people arrested for driving under the influence. Many of the times a driver is arrested for driving drunk, it is because they have caused an accident. If you have been hit by a drunk driver, contact an experienced Pigeon Forge DUI accident lawyer at Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette for legal guidance and representation.

Illegal Blood Alcohol Concentration Levels

If a Tennessee driver consumes alcohol before getting in the car they are risking people’s safety and violating the law. A person who has a blood alcohol concentration above .08% will be arrested for a DUI. A high blood alcohol level causes impaired driving because it impairs a person’s:

  • Reaction time;
  • Hearing;
  • Vision;
  • Balance;
  • Judgement; and
  • Memory.

Proving Negligence

In most traffic collision scenarios, proving negligence is tough. With drunk driving crashes, our job of proving liability is made substantially easier, in some regards, because a blood alcohol test will scientifically prove that the driver was inebriated. However, in some situations, the defendant may attempt to place partial blame on you. And, because Tennessee is a comparative liability state, where compensation is based on the liability percentage of each party, if you are found 10 percent at fault for the crash, the compensation you receive could be reduced by that amount. It is crucial to prove that you were not responsible for the crash in any way, and to fight the other party and their insurance company for everything that you are owed.

The financial toll that drunk drivers take on society is immense. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drunk drivers killed nearly 3,500 Tennesseans from 2003 to 2012, resulting in billions of dollars of economic damage to the state. However, the individual toll that a drunk driver has on a victim and the victim’s family is even greater. We fight for every dollar that the negligent party owes you–financial compensation that goes towards the following considerable damages:

  • Medical bills;
  • Future medical costs and procedures;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Psychological damage and emotional distress;
  • Loss of joy of life;
  • Property damage to your vehicle and other belongings;
  • Lost work wages; and
  • Lost earning capacity.

If the drunk driver killed one of your loved ones, the significant damages that we pursue include:

  • Funeral and burial costs;
  • Medical costs;
  • Pain and suffering of your loved one;
  • Loss of consortium (the loss of companion, which is particularly substantial when the victim left behind children); and
  • Loss of a financial provider.

Contact an Experienced Pigeon Forge DUI Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one have been in a vehicle collision with a drunk driver they need to be held responsible for the damages. While you are recovering, the lawyers at Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette will fight on your behalf to ensure you are well-compensated by insurance companies. We have over thirty years of experience handling DUI cases and understand that each case is unique. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you.

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