Injured by a Drunk Driver in Nashville? We Can Help You Pursue Compensation.
Every driver has a responsibility to take due care to avoid endangering the lives of themselves, other drivers, and pedestrians sharing the road. One of the most common ways an individual blatantly disregards this responsibility is by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. If you were injured by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, we want to help you hold him or her accountable for the negligent and reckless choices that led to your damages.
At Bill Easterly & Associates, our team of Nashville drunk driving accident lawyers are dedicated advocates for injured victims of negligence in Nashville. We have more than 25 years of experience in personal injury law and are proud to have helped our clients recover millions of dollars. It is our mission to ensure that individuals who have been injured by drunk drivers can receive the financial compensation they need to make a full and healthy recovery.
Proving Liability in a Nashville Drunk Driving Accident
If a driver was intoxicated and caused your injury, you can pursue a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your damages. Additionally, if a drunk driving accident led to the death of your loved one, you can take action through a wrongful death lawsuit. In both cases, we can help ensure that you get the support that you need to move forward.
In order to win a recovery in a personal injury claim, it must be proven that a driver was negligent in fulfilling his or her reasonable duty to avoid risking the safety of others. In a drunk driving accident, this is relatively simple. When an individual is under the influence, his or her ability to remain alert, focused, and vigilant is immediately impaired. Thus, as long as intoxication is established, drunk drivers are typically always considered negligent.
Field sobriety tests and blood alcohol content (BAC) tests can usually provide substantial evidence that a driver was impaired. In Tennessee, a driver is considered intoxicated if his or her BAC is above 0.08 percent. However, if a commercial driver causes a truck accident with a BAC of more than 0.04%, he or she is liable in a DUI suit. Furthermore, any minor under the age of 21 is driving under the influence if their BAC is over 0.02%
Tennessee Dram Shop Law
In certain circumstances, it may also be possible to seek compensatory damages from a restaurant, bar, or retailer that sold alcohol to the individual who caused your injury or loved one’s death. Tennessee has enacted a Dram Shop Law, which mandates that an establishment that sells alcoholic beverages may be partly liable for injury or death that results from a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver in two distinct scenarios.
The Dram Shop Law assigns liability to an establishment in the following circumstances:
- Selling alcohol to an individual under the legal drinking age of 21
- Selling alcohol to an individual who was visibly intoxicated
In these scenarios, if the individual then caused an accident that led to injury or death, the establishment may be found responsible in part for any damages. It must be proven, however, that the sale of the alcohol was the direct cause of the injury.
Dedicated, Aggressive Representation
At Bill Easterly & Associates, our Nashville drunk driving accident lawyers are committed to fighting for individuals who have been injured and families who have suffered losses because a driver made the reckless decision to drive under the influence. We have successfully represented thousands of clients seeking personal injury claims and are prepared to help you find peace. You should not have to suffer the financial burden caused by a drunk driving accident; let us help you take action!
Call us today to get started. Your initial consultation is free!