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Getting Injured By A Drunk Driver

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Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causes thousands of accidents and injuries every year, and Nashville is no exception. The injuries caused by drunk drivers are often more serious than in crashes involving sober drivers, and if you or someone you know has been hurt in a drunk driving accident you need an experienced personal injury attorney to get you the compensation that you need. To learn more about your legal options, contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free consultation of your case.

Injuries Caused by Drunk Drivers

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs cognition, judgment, and reflexes. These accidents happen more often in the evenings and nighttime as opposed to the day, which can also make it more difficult for drunk drivers to see potential accident victims. Given the impairment of drunk drivers, when an accident occurs the injuries are often more severe because unlike a sober driver a drunk driver lacks the ability to slow down or avoid direct impact in a crash. Drunk drivers hit other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians when under the influence behind the wheel, and the type of accident can also affect the level of injuries sustained in the crash.

Some of the most common injuries reported in drunk driving accidents include the following:

  • Head and skull injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Facial trauma
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple, complex bone fractures
  • Nerve damage
  • Amputation injuries
  • Burns
  • Severe lacerations and road rash
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Death

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, it is critical that you get the compensation you need to cover your expenses and other harms caused by the crash.

Compensation for Drunk Driving Accidents

Victims of drunk driving accidents can receive compensation for their out of pocket costs, known as economic damages, and for the intangible, but still painful, harms known as noneconomic damages. Economic damages can include compensation for all medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and for the loss of future income and benefits. Noneconomic damages cover the victim’s pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and for any disability or disfigurement caused by the accident.

Drunk driving accidents also cause a number of fatalities every year, and in this terrible case the family of the victim can also seek compensation through the filing of the wrongful death claim. Compensation for wrongful death includes coverage of all final medical expenses, lost wages, funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering incurred by the victim, and for the family’s loss of love, support, guidance, and counsel. To learn more, call or contact our office today.

Call or Contact Us Now

Have you or a loved one been injured by a drunk driver? If so, you may be entitled to compensation, but you need to act now. Call our Nashville personal injury attorney today at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free evaluation of your injury claims now.

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