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Several hurt, six suspected of DUI after seven-car pile-up


All drivers in Nashville probably know that every time they go out - and especially at night - they are at risk of getting into a drunk driving accident, and through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, as responsible as many drivers may be, they are probably sharing the road with other drivers who have been drinking. A recent accident in another state suggested that there may be even more of these drunk drivers at any given time than anyone else thought.

After a massive seven-car pile-up on a highway near Atlanta International Airport, police said they arrested five drivers on suspicion of drunk driving. A sixth driver was hospitalized after the accident, but police said they intended to arrest him on suspicion of drunk driving as soon as he is well enough to be released.

The accident occurred as a pedestrian attempted to walk across Interstate 75 around 3 a.m. one morning. A vehicle hit the pedestrian and swerved, causing a chain-reaction crash. The pedestrian was listed in critical condition. Several others were injured as well.

Those who are injured in a car accident often face enormous medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. When these damages are caused by a negligent driver, the injured may be compensated.

Drivers are negligent when they fail to exercise the same level of care that a reasonable person would do under similar circumstances and someone is injured as a result. Texting while driving, disregarding traffic safety laws or driving while drunk are all solid evidence to indicate negligence.

It can be infuriating to the victims of car accidents to learn that their injuries were caused by a driver who was so reckless as to drive while drunk. Tennessee residents who have been injured by a drunk driver should get help understanding their legal rights.

Source: Huffington Post, "7-Car Pile-Up In Georgia: 6 Drivers Get DUIs In Massive Crash," July 6, 2013

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