The recent holiday season was a time to be extra cautious on the roads in Tennessee. Why? Well, it is a time of the year when there are likely to be more drivers on the road who have perhaps had one too may alcoholic beverages before driving. A recent collision in nearby Knox County is a tragic example of how horrible the results of a drunk driving accident can be.
According to reports, the collision in question involving two pickup trucks occurred at around 9pm on December 22. There weren't many details in the initial reports about how the collision between these vehicles occurred, but the reports do indicate that one driver, a 27-year-old male, was arrested after the law enforcement officials who were investigating the collision apparently believed that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time. Tragically, one of the passengers in the other truck that the drunk driver collided with died in the wreck. The victim was a 15-year-old girl.
Families in Tennessee who receive this type of news about a loved one are devastated. Losing a loved one is one thing, but for the death to occur in such a senseless and preventable manner is simply unacceptable. While the family of the 15-year-old victim mourns over the holiday season instead of celebrating, the drunk driver will be facing criminal charges.
There may be civil court remedies to explore in this recent incident as well. The drunk driver could be held accountable in a personal injury lawsuit, in addition to the criminal case.