(PRWEB) September 29, 2011
The Tennessee DUI accident lawyers at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, hereby help to announce and discuss the precipitous rise in the number of Tennessee DUI arrests that have been made in the calendar year 2011 as compared to 2010 as well as the dangers that arise when more people who are under the influence of alcohol are on the roads with others.
Specifically, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has stated that the agency has arrested a total of 3,407 people on suspicion of Tennessee DUI to this point in 2011. This is nearly 1,000 more arrests than the number that were made at this time last year, which stood at a total of 2,452 DUI arrests.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is expressing concern with regards to the number of Tennessee DUI arrests because according to their statistics, approximately 30 percent of all fatal Tennessee auto accidents occurred because alcohol was somehow a factor. Therefore, the higher the number of people who may be on the roads who have consumed alcohol, the more danger the public faces.
In 2009 alone, there were a total of 989 fatalities on the roads of Tennessee that occurred as a result of auto accidents. Of those 989 people who were killed, 345 died in accidents where alcohol was listed as a factor in the crash. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant and who cause a fatal Tennessee auto accident can be prosecuted for a crime as a result.
In addition, people who are injured or family members of people who are killed in Tennessee DUI accidents can in many situations file a Tennessee personal injury lawsuit or a Tennessee wrongful death lawsuit in an attempt to recover financial damages that deal with the losses sustained by the plaintiffs.
About Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC
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, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, premises liability, swimming pool accidents, dog bite injuries, bed bug cases, wrongful death and social security disability matters.