Nashville, TN (PRWEB) November 14, 2011
The Tennessee DUI accident attorneys at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates hereby warn the public that the number of arrests for DUI in the state so far in 2011 is substantially higher than the number of Tennessee DUI arrests at the same time in 2010. This rise in DUI arrests can and often does lead to crashes that can result in injuries and fatalities.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 3,407 arrests have been made in the state at this point in 2011 for DUI. At the same point in 2010, 2,452 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence somewhere in the state. That represents a rise of approximately 40 percent in terms of Tennessee DUI arrests.
In addition, the Tennessee Highway Patrol also states that 30 percent of all fatal Tennessee auto accidents occur because alcohol or some other intoxicant is a factor, and this percentage has remained largely the same from one year to the next in recent times. According to state records, more than 1,000 people in the state are killed every year in Tennessee auto accidents, which means that approximately 300 people every year are killed in crashes where alcohol was a factor.
When people are injured in Tennessee DUI accidents, they have legal rights that include the possibility of filing a Tennessee personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused the crash. Successful legal claims can result in damages awards that compensate the victims for their losses. Family members of people who are killed in Tennessee DUI accidents may also be able to file Tennessee wrongful death lawsuits against the alleged drunk drivers, and they could also recover damages as a result of a successful claim.
About Michael D. Ponce & Associates
Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, whose Web site can be found at the URL of http://www.poncelaw.com, is a law firm comprised of Tennessee personal injury lawyers who have been handling cases on behalf of clients in legal matters including personal injury and negligence, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, premises liability, swimming pool accidents, dog bite injuries, bed bug cases, wrongful death and social security disability matters.