Drunk driving is undeniably a criminal matter, and individuals who are convicted of drunk driving will face serious legal penalties such as license suspension and jail time, as well as having their conviction placed on their permanent record. However, even though drunk driving is a criminal issue, any injuries suffered in accidents caused by a drunk driver can still be civil issues. What this means is that you can still be compensated for any injuries you suffer.
If it is proven that a driver was drunk when an accident occurred, it will be much easier to establish fault. It will be nearly impossible for a drunk driver to deny that he or she was at fault in the accident, because the adverse effects that alcohol has on drivers are well documented; drivers tend to react more slowly and make poorer decisions for example, leading to serious accidents. But if you believe that your accident was caused by a drunk driver, and that individual is acquitted of drunk driving charges, do not despair.
Ultimately, the important thing in a civil case seeking compensation for personal injury is determining fault and liability. Even if a driver was not intoxicated at the time of an accident, you can still prove that he or she was at fault, which could still lead to compensation for your injuries.
If you live in Tennessee and you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, visit our website to learn how we can assist you with your case. Whether your accident involved a drunk driver, a truck driver or any other type of motor vehicle, if you were injured due to another person's negligence, you could be compensated. Our legal advice can help you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.