Legal Consequences of Car Accidents While Drinking and Driving
Drinking and driving is never a good decision, and when someone does get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol or some other intoxicant, everyone who happens to be near that person while driving is put in a position of unreasonable danger and risk. Those who have been harmed in a Tennessee DUI accident need to seek the immediate help of experienced Tennessee drunk driving injury lawyers as soon as possible. Below is a look at how and why drunk drivers can and should be held liable for injuries caused in these crashes.
Drinking, Driving and Negligence in Tennessee
Generally, Tennessee personal injury law as it relates to auto accidents deals with situations where a driver was allegedly negligent, and that negligence is what led to the injuries suffered and the damages incurred by the plaintiff in a lawsuit. Negligence is basically defined as conduct that is unreasonable compared to what a reasonable person would have done in the same situation.
When that common test of Tennessee negligence is applied to Tennessee DUI accidents, the defendant who had been drinking and driving is almost always found to have acted unreasonably. Therefore, if it can be established that this unreasonable and negligent conduct caused the injuries suffered by the plaintiff in a lawsuit and the damages that were incurred as a result, that defendant will be found liable for those damages.
How Tennessee Drunk Driving Injury Attorneys Can Help
However, the process of proving that the defendant in such a lawsuit was negligent because he or she was under the influence of alcohol and/or some other intoxicant can be difficult for someone who does not have experience in this regard. The proper evidence needs to be entered in the court’s record, the proper testimony needs to be offered and persuasive arguments need to be made to give an injured plaintiff the best opportunity to obtain justice.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in a Tennessee DUI accident, you need to seek the help of Tennessee accident injury attorneys who have helped many clients hold those responsible for the harm they had suffered accountable in the past. Contact Michael D. Ponce & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.