Even with the amount of press that they get, many people still do not know just how common drunk driving accidents really are or how dangerous they can be. Reports indicate that 27 people are killed in DUI accidents every single day. This factors out to one death every 53 minutes.
Drunk driving accidents can occur any time someone who is intoxicated gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The irony is that even those who have committed acts of driving while under the influence do not always learn their lessons the first time around. In fact, many Tennessee drunk driving accidents are committed by repeat offenders.
Multiple legal issues have arisen from a fatal Tennessee car accident that took the lives of two pedestrians in Dec. 2011. As the criminal cases appear to be headed toward final resolutions, any related civil claims for wrongful death may be affected. The tragic car wreck occurred in the early morning after a couple left a holiday party -- with the man driving his girlfriend's car.
Drunk driving laws may change next year in Tennessee. A state lawmaker says that he will be sponsoring legislation to reduce the legal standard for drunk driving in Tennessee to .05 blood alcohol content, down from the current .08 standard.