3 drunk driving fatalities in Tennessee over Labor Day

Unfortunately, each year, people in Tennessee and across the country make poor choices over holiday weekends. This year was no exception during the recent Labor Day holiday weekend.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, three people were killed in drunk driving collisions in Tennessee over the Labor Day holiday weekend. In all, 10 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the state over the weekend this year.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has also noted that the number of people arrested for drunk driving is higher this year than the year prior. In all, law enforcement officials note that DUI arrests rose 35 percent from January through mid-August 2014 from the same period in 2013.

Law enforcement officers made specific efforts to target drunk drivers over the holiday weekend. In Hawkins County, officers made one drunk driving arrest, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Drunk driving crashes in Tennessee and across the US

Despite the increased efforts to maintain safe roads over the holiday weekend, drunk driving remains a prevalent threat in Tennessee.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 295 people lost their lives in drunk driving crashes in Tennessee in 2012. In all, those fatalities accounted for 29 percent of all traffic deaths in the state that year. Sadly, the 2012 statistics represent a 14 percent rise in the number of people killed by drunk drivers in Tennessee from the year prior.

In all, Tennessee saw almost 7,330 motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers in 2012. Of those, 5,542 people suffered injuries as a result of the drunk driving crashes.

Across the country, approximately 30 people are killed in drunk driving collisions every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In total, almost 10,230 people died in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers in 2010 in the U.S. Those fatalities accounted for a staggering 31 percent of all traffic deaths in the nation that year.

Motorists who choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol must take responsibility for the damage resulting from a motor vehicle accident. In such cases, the injuries suffered by the victims are often significant, resulting in large medical bills.

Individuals who have been harmed in a drunk driving crash should seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. A legal professional will work on your behalf to make certain you receive the compensation to which you may be entitled.