Pryor Priest & HarberPryor, Priest, Harber, Floyd & Coffey
Speak with one our attorneys today for a Free Consultation.

The details of drunk driving accidents

Every state contains its own set of drunk driving laws to protect all drivers on the road, and the details of each penalty can be complex and demanding. Tennessee's laws regarding driving while under the influence vary depending on the number of offenses, existence of injuries and fatalities. Even a first-time offense can come with incredibly damaging consequences.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides statistical data of accidents in the state, as well as the percentage of those accidents that occur as a result of alcohol impairment. According to the NHTSA's 2015 report, 31 percent of Tennessee's 958 fatal motor vehicle traffic accidents involved alcohol at the blood alcohol concentration level of .01 percent. 26 percent of Tennessee's fatal crashes were due to BAC levels of .08 percent. However, law enforcement considers drivers to be alcohol-impaired when their BAC levels .08 grams per deciliter or higher. This policy also applies to motorcyclists, and the term "alcohol-impaired" does not imply that a crash or a fatality was caused by alcohol impairment.

When it comes to the penalties for drunk driving accidents, the financial and legal costs can be overwhelming. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security lists the types of offenses related to drunk driving and the according penalties, stating that in the case of vehicular assault, a driver may face a Class D felony. Other penalties that can arise from a serious injury to another person by a DUI driver are license revocation from one to five years according to the number of prior offenses, jail time from two to twelve years and fines and court costs. Accidents involving vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault while driving intoxicated come with additional, often more pressing penalties.     

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
    Badge Super Lawyers Timothy Badge Super Lawyers Adam Badge Super Lawyers John Badge Super Lawyers Robert Badge Super Lawyers Stephen Badge American Association for Justice
    Badge ABA Badge AV Peer Review Rated Badge NACDL Badge TACDL Badge Tennessee Association for Justice Badge Tennessee Bar Association
Email Us For A Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Our Office

Pryor Priest & Harber
625 S. Gay Street, Suite 600
Two Centre Square
Knoxville, TN 37902

Toll Free: 888-778-8095
Phone: 865-223-6303
Fax: 865-522-0910
Knoxville Law Office Map