Drunk Driving Accidents

Chattanooga Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

Hit By a Drunk Driver in Chattanooga, TN? Let Us Fight For You!

Tennessee law prohibits driving under the influence (DUI). However, despite stringent regulations and harsh consequences like fines, license suspension, community service, and imprisonment, some individuals still opt to drive while intoxicated. This irresponsible behavior can result in catastrophic outcomes, including severe injuries or even deaths.

Getting legal counsel promptly is essential if you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Contact Pritchard Injury Firm at (470) 577-8152 or complete our online form for a free consultation. We are here to guide you through the court proceedings and help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to.

The Consequences of Drunk Driving Accidents in Chattanooga, TN

The impact of accidents involving drunk drivers can be devastating for both the victims and the drunk drivers. These tragic events frequently cause serious injuries, extensive property damage, and even loss of life. At Pritchard Injury Firm, we acknowledge the significant burden that drunk driving accidents place on victims and their families—affecting them financially, emotionally, and physically.

Physical Injuries

Drunk driving accidents can lead to serious injuries such as shattered bones, severe brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal organ damage. Some of these injuries may require long-term care, extensive medical treatment, and rehabilitation.

Emotional Trauma

Victims of drunk driving accidents may endure emotional trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. These psychological effects can significantly and lastingly impact their quality of life.

Financial Burden

Accidents involving inebriated drivers can lead to exorbitant costs. Victims may face expenses for ongoing medical care, lost income due to inability to work, property damage, and other injury-related costs. A personal injury lawsuit can help alleviate some of this financial burden by seeking compensation.

Civil Vs. Criminal DUI Cases

In most cases, the individual responsible for injuring you in a drunk driving accident is taken away in handcuffs. While the defendant will face a criminal court trial from prosecutors, this should not significantly impact your civil case. You can still pursue your case concurrently with the defendant's criminal trial.

If the defendant is found guilty of DUI or vehicular manslaughter before your case concludes, you may be able to use this fact to strengthen your case. Conversely, even if the defendant is acquitted of DUI or vehicular manslaughter, they can still be held accountable for the collision.

Civil cases require a lesser standard of proof compared to criminal cases. Plaintiffs must prove the defendant's liability by a "preponderance of the evidence," while prosecutors in criminal trials must establish guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt." This indicates that if you can show there is more than a 50% likelihood that the defendant caused your accident, injuries, and losses, you will succeed in your civil case.

No matter what happens in criminal court, we are here to guide you and maximize your civil case.

Get Experienced Legal Help from Pritchard Injury Firm

We have one goal: helping you move forward after your drunk driving accident in Chattanooga, TN. We understand what you’re going through, and we want to find the best possible solution for you.

Attorney Zach Pritchard puts himself in your shoes, so he can give you the advice and support you need during this difficult time. At our firm, you are always more than a statistic or a case number. You are our client, neighbor, and friend.

Call our Chattanooga drunk driving accident lawyers at (470) 577-8152 or online for a free consultation and the compassionate legal guidance you deserve.

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