Both civil and criminal penalties may apply to someone who causes a car accident. When it comes to driving under the influence, Tennessee has specific laws that set forth administrative sanctions, such as the loss of driving privileges, as well as criminal repercussions, including jail time. Further, victims or their families have the right to file a lawsuit to hold the driver responsible for damages. A recent fatal accident illustrates the consequences that could and should await those who drive drunk.

In June of this year, a family was involved in a wreck with a driver who had allegedly been drinking. According to documents filed in a civil lawsuit, the driver’s attorney reports that the man had been served alcohol, though he does not remember the accident. The crash took the life of a 29-year-old mother and partially paralyzed her 10-month-old daughter.

Law enforcement officers have not yet charged the 20-year-old driver, who was taken to the hospital following the accident. The deceased’s family is frustrated with the fact that no charges have been filed. Law enforcement report that the investigation into the accident has been completed, and the district attorney has the paperwork.

Gaining closure following a devastating accident such as this is an important part of moving forward. In addition to seeing criminal justice served, the family could also benefit from receiving an award to help pay for the expenses associated with the loss of the mother as well as the medical bills her daughter will incur. Anyone who has questions about holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions should consult with an attorney.


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