The roads in Knoxville and throughout Tennessee can be dangerous even if drivers are cautious and maintain all the rules for safety. With the possible risks seemingly amplifying, the number of ways in which collisions can occur are a problem. This includes worsening behaviors like distracted driving combining with drivers who might be reckless, drowsy and under the influence of alcohol or drugs. One type of accident for which drivers are relatively defenseless is if it is a rear-end collision. Those who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in such a crash should have guidance on how to move forward.
Rear-end crash injures woman and 5-year-old
An alleged drunk driver in a Dodge Ram rear-ended a Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep was heading east on the interstate when the crash happened. After it was hit, the Jeep collided with the shoulder and flipped, landing on the ramp. The driver, a woman, was thrown from the Jeep and suffered critical injuries. When emergency responders arrived, they found a 5-year-old girl in the Jeep. She was not seriously hurt. The driver of the Ram, a 24-year-old man, was seen walking from the accident site and arrested. He faces charges of possible DUI and fleeing the scene after an auto accident.
Medical costs and other challenges often accompany a DUI accident
Any auto accident can cause innumerable changes to a person’s life. If a child is involved, these issues are potentially exacerbated. Driving is a responsibility whether people take it seriously or not. Getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs can place others in serious jeopardy of broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord damage, internal injuries and a dramatically more difficult life. When there is a fatality, the family left behind must consider their future after an unexpected and unnecessary loss. It is imperative to have full protection for every eventuality.
Experienced assistance may be critical after a DUI crash
While it might be hard to think about in the immediate aftermath of DUI motor vehicle accidents, it is wise to have professional guidance. Medical expenses can be enormous, there could be a need for rehabilitation, there will be property damage, the person likely faces pain and suffering, and their work and personal life will be negatively impacted. For assistance, consulting with those who understand how to pursue an accident claim may be helpful.