December, especially towards the end of the month, is an incredibly busy time for traffic. With the holidays coming up and many events involving alcohol, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows there is an increase in DUIs and fatal drunk driving crashes.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in December 2012 alone, 830 people died in drunk driving accidents. Because of this, the month has been designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
Remember, Tennessee has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the country, with first-time offenders sentenced to jail for a mandatory 48 hours, or 30 days if a passenger under 16 was in the vehicle.
Additionally, if you host a party, there are social and premises liability laws allowing victims to file lawsuits if they are harmed. This includes instances when there are slip and falls or vehicle accidents involving intoxicated drivers.
Again, if you are hosting a holiday event, make sure you have designated drivers, taxis and other forms of transportation available. Additionally, if you plan to drink, avoid driving.
Should I Talk to a Lawyer After a Drunk Driving Accident?
Keep in mind, if you have been harmed by a drunk driver this holiday season, you have legal options. Following an accident, you can seek damages that can help cover expenses like medical bills, as well as pain and suffering.
For a free consultation, speak to our Nashville injury attorney. He works to uphold the rights of those injured by a drunk drivers.
“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” – Psalms 37:5