Can I sue the bar that served the driver alcohol?
The Tennessee Dram Shop Law permits a person to sue a bar, restaurant or other business that serves alcohol to a person who is obviously intoxicated or under 21. If the business serves a person in either situation and the person then is involved in a drunk driving accident, the business may be liable.
If I am a passenger in the car with a drunk driver and am injured in a drunk driving accident, can I sue the driver?
You may be able to sue the driver because the driver has a duty to take reasonable care to drive safely as not to injure others including passengers in one's own car. However, if you served the alcohol to the driver or knew that the driver was intoxicated you may have a more difficult case. If you were the passenger in a vehicle with a drunk driver who caused your injuries, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Tennessee drunk driving accident attorney.
Are punitive damages available in a drunk driving accident?
Punitive damages can be substantial and can be a much larger dollar amount than compensatory damages that are intended to cover one's actual damages and losses. Punitive damages are designed to punish particularly egregious conduct and discourage others from engaging in such conduct, and they can potentially be recovered in a drunk driving case.
If a driver is under the influence of drugs, does that change the situation?
If a driver is impaired or driving while under the influence it does not matter if it is drugs or alcohol. However, there is no minimum threshold amount of drugs that needs to be in a driver's system for the driver to be considered impaired. Any drugs in the system is sufficient, though you may still need to show that the drugs actually affected the other driver's judgment or driving skills. This can sometimes be accomplished with expert testimony regarding how a certain amount of a drug would have affected one's driving.
If you are the vicitm of a Tennessee drunk driving accident, it is important that you seek immediate legal advice to protect your rights. Drunk driving accidents often involve excessive speed and result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. At David Randolph Smith & Associates, our Tennessee drunk driving accident victim attorneys have been representing those injured or killed in drunk driving accidents throughout the State of Tennessee for over a quarter of a century. If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident with a drunk driver, you should contact us today for a free consultation. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Tennessee including, but not limited to:
In general (there are exceptions) you must file suit in the county where the collision occurred. in each case a lawsuit must be filed in the county seat for the town where the collision occurred, a list of possible towns where your wreck may have happened include:
A Adams, Adamsville, Afton, Alamo, Alcoa, Alexandria, Alpine, Altamont, Antioch, Ardmore, Arlington, ArnoldArrington, Arthur, Ashland City, Athens, Atoka, Atwood,
B Bartlett, Bath Springs, Baxter, Bean Station, Beech, Beersheba Springs, Belfast, Bell, Bellevue, Bells, Benton, Bethel Springs, Bethpage, Big Rock, Big Sandy, Birchwood, Blaine, Bloomingdale, Bloomington Springs, Blountville, Bluff, Bluff City, Bolivar, Bon Aqua, Braden, Bradford, Brentwood, Brighton, Bristol, Brownsville, Bruceton, Brunswick, Brush Creek, Buchanan, Buckle, Buena Vista, Buffalo Valley, Bulls Gap, Burns, Butler, Byrdstown
C Calhoun, Camden, Campaign, Carthage,Cedar Grove, Cedar Hill, Celina, Centerville, Chapel Hill, Chapmansboro, Charleston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chestnut Mound, Christiana, Chuckey, Church Hill, City, Clarksburg, Clarksville, Cleveland, Clifton, Clinton, Coalfield, College Grove, Collegedale, Collierville, Collinwood, Colonial Heights, Columbia, Como, Concord, Cookeville, Copperhill, Cordova, Corryton, Cosby, Cottage Grove, Cottontown, ,Covington, Cowan, Crab Orchard, Crawford, Crockett Mills, Cross Plains, Crossville, Crump, Culleoka, Cumberland, Cumberland Furnace, Cumberland Gap, Cunningham, Cypress Inn
D Dandridge, Darden, Dayton, Decatur, Decaturville,Deer Lodge, Del Rio, Delano, Denmark, Denver, Dickson, Dixon Springs, Dover, Doyle, Dresden, Drummonds, Duck River, Ducktown, Duff, Dukedom, Dunlap, Dyer, Dyersburg
E Eads, Eagan, Eagleville, East Ridge, Eaton, Elgin, Elizabethton, Elkton, Ellendale, Elmwood,Englewood, Erin, Erwin, Estill Springs, Etowah, Eva,
F Fairfield, Fairview, Fall Branch, Fayetteville, Finley, Five Points, Flatwoods, Flintville,Franklin, Friendship, Friendsville, Fruitvale
G Gadsden, Gainesboro, Gallatin, Gates, Gatlinburg, Georgetown, Germantown, Gibson, Glade, Gladeville, Gleason, Goodlettsville, Gordonsville, Grand Junction, Grandview, Granville, Gray, Graysville, Greenback, Greenbrier, Greeneville, Greenfield, Guys
H Halls, Hampshire, Hampton, Harriman, Harrison, Hartford, Hartsville, Henderson, Hendersonville, Henning, Henry, Hermitage, Hickman, Hickory, Hickory Valley, Hickory Hill, Hillsboro, Hixson, Hohenwald, Holladay, Hollow Rock,Hornbeak, Hornsby, Humboldt, Huntingdon, Huntsville, Hurricane Mills
I Indian Mound, Iron City
J Jacks Creek, Jacksboro, Jackson, Jamestown, Jasper, Jefferson City, Jellico, Joelton, Johnson City, Jonesborough
K Kelso, Kenton, Kimball, Kingsport,Kingston, Kingston Springs, Knoxville, Kodak
L La Grange, Laconia, Lafayette, Lake City, Lancaster, Lancing, Lascassas, LaVergne, Lawrenceburg, Lebanon, Lenoir City, Lenox, Leoma, Lewisburg, Lexington, Liberty, Limestone, Linden, Livingston, Lookout Mountain, Loudon, Luray, Luttrell, Lyles, Lynchburg, Lynn Garden, Lynnville
M Macon, Madison, Madisonville, Manchester, Mansfield, Martin, Maryville, Mascot, Mason, MauryCity, Maynardville, Mc Kenzie, McEwen, McMinnville, Medina, Melrose, Memphis, Mercer, Michie, Middleton, Midway, Milan,Milligan College, Millington, Milton, Minor Hill, Monroe, Monteagle, Monterey, Morris Chapel, Morrison, Morristown, Moscow, Mosheim, Moss, Mount Carmel, Mount Juliet, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Mountain City, Mountain Home,Mulberry, Munford, Murfreesboro
N Nashville, New Johnsonville, New Market, New Tazewell, Newbern, Newcomb, Newport, Nolensville, Normandy, Norris,
O Oak Ridge, Oakdale, Oakfield, Oakland, Obion, Ocoee, Old Hickory, Oldfort, Oliver Springs, Oneida, Only, Ooltewah, Orlinda,
P Paris, Parsons, Pegram, Pelham, Petersburg, Petros, Pickwick Dam, Pigeon Forge, Pikeville, Piney Flats, Pinson, Pioneer, Plaza, Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Shade, Pleasant View, Pleasantville, Pocahontas, Portland, Powder Springs, Prospect, Pulaski
R Ramer, Readyville, Reagan, Red Bank, Red Boiling Springs, Reliance, Riceville, Rickman, Ridgetop, Ripley, Rives, Roan Mountain, Robbins, Rock Island, Rockford, Rockvale, Rockwood, Rogersville, Rossville, Rugby, Russellville, Rutherford, Rutledge
S Saint Andrews, Saint Joseph, Sale Creek, Santa Fe, Savannah, Selmer, Sequatchie, Sevierville, Sewanee, Seymour, Shady Valley, Sharon, Sharps Chapel, Shelbyville, Sherwood, Shiloh, Signal Mountain, Silver Point, Smithville, Smyrna, Ferry, Sneedville, Soddy Daisy, Somerville, South Fulton, South Pittsburg, Southside, Sparta, Speedwell, Spencer, Spring City, Spring Creek, Spring Hill, Springfield, Stanton, Stewart, Strawberry Plains, Sugar Tree, Summertown, Summitville, Sweetwater
T Taft, Tallassee, Tazewell, Telford, Tellico Plains, Ten Mile, Tennessee Ridge, Thompson's Station, Thorn Hill, Tipton, Tiptonville, Townsend, Tracy City, Trade, Trenton, Troy, Tullahoma,Turtletown, Tusculum
U Unicoi, Union City, Unionville
V Vanleer, Viola
W Wartburg, Wartrace, Washburn, Watauga, Watertown, Watts Bar Dam, Waverly, Waynesboro, Westmoreland, White Bluff, White House, White Pine, Whites Creek, Whitesburg, Whiteside, Whiteville, Whitwell, Wilder, Winchester, Winfield,Woodbury, Woodland Mills, Woodlawn
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As a victim of drunk driving you may be unable to work and support your family and may face years of rehabilitation. It is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable law firm representing you in your claim and against third parties. At David Randolph Smith & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Tennessee and Nashville lawyers have been representing those injured by drunk drivers for over 30 years. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Tennessee including, but not limited to, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Gallatin, Clarksville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-394-2119, or visit us on the web at www.drslawfirm.com. No matter where you are in Tennessee, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.