People in Tennessee may often hear about how tough the penalties for impaired driving have become. While it may well be true that the consequences for people convicted of driving under the influence offenses might be harsher than they were decades ago, some may believe they are not strong enough as too many people continue to die in accidents in which a drunk or drugged driver were involved.
An example can be see in the recent death of a woman in an accident caused by a driver who has been convicted of not only one or two previous DUI offenses but three. The fatal crash marked the man's fourth impaired driving offense and also found him with drug paraphenalia in his vehicle and a stolen license plate. In addition, the man is said to have been operating the vehicle without either a valid driver's license or automobile insurance.
The wreck happened just before 7:00 a.m. when the alleged impaired driver maneuvered the sport utility vehicle he was driving into the oncoming lane of traffic, hitting another SUV directly head-on. Another person was seriously injured and the at-fault driver left the scene of the crash but was apprehended later. He has been charged with multiple offenses including aggravated assault and aggravated vehicular homicide.
People who experience accidents caused by such recklessness may find talking to an attorney in Tennessee a useful way of learning how they might be compensated for their injuries and losses.
Source: WJHL.com, "Woman killed in Kingsport crash; Wanted man charged," February 23, 2018