Knoxville Drugged Driving Accidents
When people think of the most dangerous thing one can do behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, most of their minds instantly jump to drunk driving. While drunk driving is extremely dangerous – and against the law – it may actually contribute to fewer accidents than one dangerous action in particular: drugged driving. This is when a person is driving under the influence of prescription medications or illegal substances. It should come as no surprise that drugged driving can result in devastating car accidents in which victims may suffer excruciating, possibly permanent injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drugged driving accident caused by another driver, you should contact one of the Knoxville drugged driving accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. As the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, we are comprised of more than 30 lawyers and over 120 staff members. In addition to our resources, our firm has upwards of 30 years of experience representing auto accident victims across Tennessee.Seeking Compensation After a Drugged Driving Accident
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), driving under the influence of drugs (43%) contributed to more fatal crashes than driving under the influence of alcohol (37%) in 2015. For purposes of drugged driving, “drugs” can include narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, prescription medication, and certain over the counter medication.
Let’s say, for example, that you are in Knox County driving on Interstate 40. On this day, you have decided to visit Zoo Knoxville, which is located at 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37914. In one of the lanes next to you is a driver who recently used cocaine and is unable to safely operate his vehicle. All of a sudden the vehicle of that driver is veers into your lane and collides with your car. The failure to maintain lane collision causes you to sustain significant injuries like broken bones, lacerations, and head trauma.
If you suffered injuries from a motor vehicle collision, it is vital that you have your injuries treated at a nearby medical facility. Many people injured in car crashes in Knox County seek medical attention at facilities such as the University of Tennessee Medical Center, which is located at 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920. In order to recover economic damages to compensate you for your medical bills and lost wages – not to mention your non-economic damages like pain and suffering – you will likely have to prove the other driver’s liability. A drugged driving accident attorney at our Knoxville office can help you do this.
Proving liability can be done by establishing negligence or recklessness. In order to establish the defendant’s negligence, you must show that you were owed a duty of reasonable care by the defendant, but he or she breached it, resulting in you suffering injuries. When illegal drugs are involved, the Knoxville Police Department may charge the other driver with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). While the criminal case against the other driver is legally separate from a claim for damages that you may be able to assert in civil court, information from the criminal case can be used to establish negligence or recklessness in your case.
To aid you in validating your claim, monitoring the defendant’s criminal case, and minimizing potential allegations of comparative fault, you should retain a skilled drugged driving accident lawyer in the Knoxville area. Your lawyer can investigate the accident, interview witnesses, and consult with experts as needed. Additionally, a knowledgeable attorney can inform you of how juries tend to value certain injuries, which can provide you with an approximation of how much your case is likely worth.Talk to One of Our Attorneys About Your Case Today
Drugged driving accidents, much like drunk driving collisions, have the potential to irreparably shatter lives. At the personal injury law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we fight for victims of car wrecks in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, and in other communities throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact us today by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free appointment with an auto collision attorney. After speaking with our Knoxville drugged driving accident lawyers, you will see why NST is the way to go.