March 17th marks the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. This holiday, rich with Irish tradition, has morphed into one of the year's biggest days for alcohol consumption. Although many partake in their St. Patrick's Day celebrations responsibly, there are some that choose to imbibe and drive - a potentially deadly combination.
Drunk driving is a reality on roads across the nation. Although a lot of progress has been made to reduce drunk driving fatalities, it is still estimated that in 2013 nearly 7000 deaths could have been prevented if drivers with illegal blood alcohol levels were kept off the roads. All states, including Tennessee, have passed laws that make driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater illegal in an attempt to eliminate the devastation and pain caused by DUI accidents.
Understandably, fatal accidents in Tennessee can have a long-term impact on the lives of surviving relatives and loved ones. Serious injuries can also bring about long-lasting pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many accidents are preventable, including one that recently occurred not far from Knoxville, involving alleged drunk driving.
Just before midday on Saturday, Nov. 8, officers of the highway patrol of Tennessee were called to the scene of an accident in South Nashville. A woman had allegedly been drunk driving and, as a result, caused multiple accidents. The incident claimed her own life as well as that of a 4-year-old girl. State troopers reported that the person at fault was a 28-year-old woman traveling in a southerly direction when she veered across the lanes into oncoming traffic. She hit two vehicles before smashing head-on into another.
Authorities are still awaiting test results from the man who is accused of causing a fatal accident. The Tennessee man allegedly slammed into an SUV, which crashed into a van. One man has died and five others have been injured. The man may be facing drunk driving charges along with vehicular homicide.
A 55-year-old man has been charged with two counts each of vehicular homicide by recklessness and vehicular homicide by intoxication following the deaths of two Tennessee women. The accident happened in November when the man, purportedly traveling southbound, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the other vehicle. The drunk driving accident caused the deaths of a 62-year-old driver and her 62-year-old passenger.
Drunk driving has tragic consequences far too often on American roadways. One Tennessee mother believes that a drunk driver caused the death of the unborn baby. The woman was just weeks away from giving birth when the alleged drunk driving car accident took place.
Tennessee state troopers are communicating with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to establish new ways to combat a staggering number of automobile accidents within the state. Seat-belt negligence and drunk driving are plaguing roads and claiming the lives of the populace. Tennessee residents need to be aware of the overwhelming statistics concerning travelers and the risks they face every time they get behind the wheel.
There are many factors that can contribute to the cause of a car accident. These can include alcohol, speeding, inattention and numerous other causes. When a driver is distracted or fails to obey the rules of the road while operating a motor vehicle in Tennessee, civil liability may apply regarding any injuries to car accident victims caused by that negligence.
No matter how much experience someone has behind the wheel, they still may not be able to anticipate the foolish negligence of another driver and become involved in a car accident. In Knox County recently, a 21-year-old man was driving on Maryville Pike when he tried to pass another vehicle. As he drove into the oncoming traffic to pass, the man drove head on into another vehicle causing a car accident. The accident happened on a Tuesday just before noon.