Memphis Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
If You Have Been Hit By A Drunk Driver
At Gold Law Firm, we are passionate advocates for victims of drunk driving accidents. We understand the pain and anger that can arise from this type of case. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of drunk driving accidents pursue full and fair compensation for their losses. We will diligently work your case to gather all of the evidence we need to prove the other driver was at fault. We know how devastating this situation can be. When you hire us, we will handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on moving forward with your life.
Tragically, many drunk driving accidents result in wrongful death. We also represent families that have lost loved ones due to the reckless actions of drunk drivers. Anyone who chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking is putting themselves and others at risk. This kind of tragedy should never happen to anyone. We can recover compensation from the at-fault driver for your loss. The settlement you receive can cover funeral costs and other expenses you’ve incurred because of the loss of a loved one.
It’s essential to hire an attorney from Gold Law Firm to handle your drunk driving case. Whether your injuries were minor or life-threatening, you’ll need an experienced attorney by your side to seek justice. Anyone unfamiliar with the legal process might not know what their rights are. We will be able to review the details of your accident and determine the maximum settlement amount you deserve. Call us at (901) 244-5003 today, and we’ll schedule you for a free consultation.
Punitive Damages in Drunk Driving Cases
Victims of drunk driving accidents can pursue punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the drunk driver and can result in significantly higher total compensation to the drunk driving injury victim. Compensatory damages are supposed to compensate victims for any expenses they’ve incurred as a result of their injuries. In the state of Tennessee, victims of drunk driving accidents can receive compensation for the resulting compensatory damages:
- Medical Expenses: Any treatment that was medically necessary for your injuries, such as ER visits, physical therapy, surgery, assistive medical devices, nursing care, and ambulance services.
- Property Damage: The costs of repairs needed for the vehicle you were in at the time of the accident. This includes costs for any personal items that were damaged in your car.
- Lost Wages: Any pay you were unable to earn because of your injuries, including lost bonuses, lost promotion or advancement, and lost paid time off. This also includes any future pay you’ll miss out on if you can’t return to work because of a temporary or permanent disability.
- Pain and Suffering: Compensation for loss of quality of life, emotional distress, permanent paralysis, depression or anxiety, and any inconvenience caused by your accident.
- Wrongful Death: Immediate family members can seek compensation for the cost of medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and any suffering endured between the time of the injury and death of the loved one.
Compensatory damages are collected from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, while punitive damages are obtained directly from the driver. We believe that drunk drivers should be punished in the criminal law system, as well as financially. We will aggressively pursue maximum compensation to hold the drunk driver responsible for his or her actions.
“I was riding my motorcycle in Nashville around 3 p.m. when a drunk driver ran a red light and crossed into my path. I tried to avoid his car, but I slammed into his trunk, flying off my motorcycle and landing on the ground.” — Read more about Nick’s case.
Dram Shop Liability
Under Tennessee dram shop laws, an establishment that sells alcohol to an obviously intoxicated patron can also be held liable for drunk driving injuries caused by that patron. Tennessee Code 57-10-102 states that an injured individual can seek damages from the establishment that sold alcohol to the at-fault drunk driver under the following circumstances:
- The establishment sold alcohol to the drunk driver
- The individual who purchased the alcohol was under 21 years of are or was “visibly intoxicated”
- The sale of the alcohol directly caused the victim’s injury
If an individual hosts a party in their home and one of their guests causes a drunk driving accident, legal action can’t be pursued against the guest or host because civil liability only applies to alcohol sold to the individual who caused the injuries. However, a unique circumstance allows for a civil claim to be filed against the drunk driver if he or she is under the age of 21. The host of the party can’t be held liable for damages in a civil claim, however, he or she may be brought up on criminal liability charges for knowingly serving an underage guest.
Our attorneys are well versed in Tennessee laws related to drinking and driving and can help you pursue all sources of compensation from all liable parties. Whether you decide to pursue a liability claim against the establishment’s insurance company or file a lawsuit against them, we will know how to handle it for you. You can depend on us to be by your side every step of the way for the legal and emotional support you need.
Hit By A Drunk Driver? We Can Help
The Memphis car accident attorneys at Gold Law Firm are ready to take on your case if a drunk driver injured you or someone close to you. Contact us today online or by telephone at (901) 244-5003 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Memphis drunk driving injury lawyer. There will be no risk or obligation to speak with us about your case. We will be happy to meet with you and review your accident claim to determine if it’s something we can move forward with. We’ll answer any questions you have and help you decide what the best option is moving forward.
Our team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff strive to provide our clients with unmatched legal services. We know the emotional and financial burden you’re facing. That’s why we strive to resolve your case as quickly as possible so you can put this difficult time behind you. Our office is conveniently located on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Memphis, TN. We respond to all calls and emails from prospective clients within 24 hours. Call us at (901) 244-5003 today for your free consultation with one of our legal professionals.