Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous and reckless things a person can do. Just a small amount of alcohol is enough to delay reaction time and significantly diminish a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Although the risks of drunk driving are well-known, many drivers in Tennessee still choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Drunk driving can be blamed for thousands of motor vehicle accidents every year across the country.
Drunk driving crash
Recently, a horrific motor vehicle accident in Sevierville claimed the life of a woman and left a driver facing serious charades. The crash happened on Boyds Creek Highway near Vista Lane. According to reports, the driver of a westbound vehicle crossed the centerline of the highway and drove into the eastbound lanes. Reports said the westbound vehicle collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle.
Tragically, authorities said a passenger in the eastbound vehicle was killed in the head-on collision. Sevier County deputies said they noticed containers of alcohol in the westbound vehicle. Reportedly, the driver of the westbound vehicle admitted to drinking and taking prescription drugs prior to the crash. The driver was charged with vehicular homicide by impairment, driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane, among other serious charges.
Police forces across the state of Tennessee go to great lengths to keep drunk drivers off the road. Unfortunately, people continue to ignore the law and get behind the wheel while impaired. It goes without saying that nothing can replace a loved one. However, those who have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one due to negligence in an accident can pursue deserved compensation by speaking with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.