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One killed in Nashville drunk driving car accident

Drunk driving car accidents are common in Nashville in throughout Tennessee. Alcohol use impairs a driver's ability to properly control a vehicle and makes it more likely that a driver will strike other vehicles. Alcohol use also impairs a driver's judgment and may make it more likely that the driver will speed or respond inappropriately to traffic signals or road hazards.

Tennessee drivers who cause car accidents while driving under the influence typically face criminal charges in addition to personal injury lawsuits. There are several types of personal injury lawsuits that may arise out of a drunk driving car accident, including wrongful death actions. One 40-year-old man may face a wrongful death lawsuit after causing an early morning car crash last weekend which took the life of a 59-year-old driver.

The 40-year-old driver from Hermitage was speeding in Madison when he hit the Ford Ranger pickup driven by the 59-year-old man. Seat belt use is frequently a determining factor in whether a person survives a drunk driving car crash. Nashville residents who fail to wear seat belts are often thrown from their vehicles and suffer blunt force trauma or traumatic brain injuries. The 59-year-old pickup driver was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 36-year-old passenger in the pickup was wearing a seat belt and suffered non-life threatening personal injuries. She was treated at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Hermitage man was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He admitted to drinking vodka before the crash and police plan to charge him upon his release from the hospital.

Source: The Tennessean, "Nashville man charged in fatal crash," 6/26/11

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