Knoxville Drunk Driving Accidents
Motor Vehicle Crash Lawyers Serving Knoxville
Drunk driving is, sadly, quite a common occurrence in and around the Knoxville area. In fact, a recent ten-year study conducted by the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security found that approximately 5,000 alcohol-related car accidents occurred in Knox County over the course of that period, more than all but two counties in Tennessee. If you or someone you know has been injured by an intoxicated driver, the Knoxville drunk driving accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to take your call. Our firm has recovered over $1.5 billion in compensation for our personal injury clients, and we take pride in fighting for the rights of injured victims.
Establishing Your Case Against a Drunk Driver
Victims of motor vehicle accidents generally must establish the negligence of the other driver in causing the wreck to succeed in obtaining recovery. Specifically, victims must show that the other driver owed a duty of care to the victim, that the other driver breached that duty of care, that the breach was the legal cause of the victim’s injuries, and that the victim suffered damages.
In the majority of car accident cases in or around Knoxville, the duty of care involved is the duty to act as a reasonable person would under similar circumstances. In drunk driving accidents, the breach of that duty is most often established by proof that the defendant driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. By operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, that defendant driver has violated Tennessee law, which could establish negligence per se, also known as negligence as a matter of law.
If the defendant was drunk or charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you should retain an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer in Knoxville who understands how to secure the proof needed to assert your claim. While your civil claim is pending, there may be a contemporaneous criminal case against the drunk driver. Sometimes, evidence or testimony from the criminal case can be used to satisfy the plaintiff’s burden of proof in the civil case.
As for the causation element, a drunk driving accident victim would need to prove that the defendant’s breach was both the actual cause and proximate cause of his or her injuries. If you are hurt in a car wreck in Knoxville, you should follow your doctor’s advice. Your treating physician will be signing medical records that the defendant’s insurance company will see, and your doctor may be called on to testify that your injuries were caused by the collision. You will also need to establish that the medical bills you incurred and treatment you underwent were reasonable and customary. If you missed work to recover from the wreck, you may be able to recover lost wages, provided they are documented by your employer and authorized by your doctor. Non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, may be recovered too.
The good news is that fatal car accidents arising from drunk driving decreased sharply in Knoxville in 2014 to just two incidents. They occurred on US-129 and State Route 331. The bad news is that 2014 was an anomaly for the area, and a year like 2013, in which 12 DUI-related fatal accidents occurred, is more typical. In that year, a crash on I-40 on December 21 involved multiple intoxicated drivers and three vehicles, although thankfully only one person lost their life. The accident occurred at 1:11 A.M., which is a typical time for drunk drivers to be on the road. Fatal crashes involving drunk drivers are generally significantly higher in Knoxville (per 100,000 people) than the Tennessee average.
Call NST to Speak With an Experienced Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in Knoxville
If you have been hurt in a drunk driving accident, let the experienced Knoxville drunk driving accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz guide you through the process of proving your case. We have the experience and legal knowledge necessary to fight for your rights. Our firm has been advocating for victims for over 30 years, and we have served people across Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Arkansas, including in Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Oxford, Tupelo, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Jackson, Meridian, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact our car crash lawyers for a free consultation by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.