Nashville DUI Accident Attorney
One in every three drivers in the United States will be involved in a DUI accident in their lifetime. A drunk driving collision takes an American life approximately once every fifty minutes.
In addition to alcohol-related DUIs, accidents are often caused by drivers under the influence of drugs—often prescription medications. Prevention Magazine reported in 2011 that while drunk driving accidents have dropped by half since 1982, drug-related accidents have increased. The National Highway Safety Administration conducted a roadside survey on weekend nights when people are more likely to have been drinking. They discovered that 2.2 percent of drivers had blood alcohol levels over .08 percent, the level at which they would be considered intoxicated in all fifty states, while 4 percent of the drivers tested positive for potentially driver impairing (PDI) medications. Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen from 30 million to 180 million in the past twenty years. Together with other prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including sedatives, antidepressants, nicotine-receptor blockers, sleeping aids, antihistamines, ACE inhibitors, and cough suppressants, these drugs can potentially cause driver impairment.
DUI is a crime, but the driver’s conviction on a DUI charge does not mean you’ll automatically receive compensation for your losses. For that, your best option is to hire a board-certified civil trial lawyer to bring a legal action.
DUI Driver Accountability
Feeling overwhelmed with frustration and grief is a common reaction to losing a loved one or suffering a catastrophic injury through no fault of your own in a DUI accident. Your loss is the result of someone else’s irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel while impaired, something over which you had no control and which should never have happened.
Nothing can bring back the person who died or give you back the life you had before you were injured. What you can do, however, is make sure that the driver faces up to his or her responsibility for the accident and is made to realize the full extent of the damage done to an innocent victim.
When you’ve suffered a devastating loss, whether the death of a loved one or the destruction of your own health, you may feel that you just don’t have the energy to undertake all the tasks involved in making a claim for compensation for your losses. Hiring an experienced personal injury/wrongful death attorney can be of immense help at this difficult time. Your attorney will take care of the legal matters, negotiate with the insurance company, engage expert witnesses, and prepare your case for trial in the event it should become necessary, leaving you to focus on the healing process.
When the impaired driver has been convicted of DUI, you may be entitled to both compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are to cover your economic losses and physical and emotional pain and suffering; punitive damages are to punish the driver’s unconscionable behavior.
Nashville DUI Attorney
When you’ve suffered damages from a DUI car accident in Tennessee, you’ll find the help you need at the law offices of Phillip Miller in Nashville. With thirty years of experience practicing personal injury law, Phillip is one of the state’s most experienced auto accident attorneys. Not only is he a board-certified trial lawyer with expertise in complicated DUI and other car accident injury cases, he has received the highest endorsements of his peers and clients, earning top Martindale-Hubbell and AVVO ratings.
Call to arrange a free case analysis and learn about your legal options. Legal time limits apply, so don’t wait. Put Phillip Miller & Associates to work for you today.