DUI car accidents affects innocent victims

A Tennessee accident on a recent Wednesday in July is a good example of the disruptive results of a DUI accident. At around 12:45 a.m., a vehicle operated by a man who police say was driving under the influence hit another car head-on. The suspected drunk driver was headed the wrong way on an on-ramp. Six people suffered injuries in the accident. As is the case with many DUI car accidents, this collision resulted in injuries to innocent victims. 

All four members of the family – a father, mother and two young children --traveling in the car struck by the DUI driver were hurt. The driver who apparently caused the accident and his passenger were both also injured. The injuries suffered by all six accident victims were considered serious, though not life threatening. They were all admitted to a medical facility.

The car accident is still under investigation. It is not yet clear if criminal charges will be filed. Authorities may still decide to act once all of the accident evidence has been obtained and reviewed.  

Regardless of any criminal charges being filed, Tennessee civil law allows victims seriously injured in car accidents the choice to file personal injury claims against a driver deemed negligent. Should the evidence prove that driver negligence or recklessness was the root cause of the accident, a civil court may award financial damages to injured parties. In this instance, if it is formally established that the man was driving under the influence, it may lead to an award of monetary damages.  

Source: wmcactionnews5.com, "6 injured in head-on collision near downtown Nashville", Kara Apel, July 20, 2016

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