With the holiday season upon us, we cannot stress the need to be safe when traveling to your destinations in and around Memphis.
Unfortunately, while you may do your best to arrive safely, your trip can be severely affected by those who may choose to drink and drive. According to statistics on MADD.org, there were 10,497 alcohol impaired fatalities across the United States in 2016, higher than any recently reported year. Even more concerning is that drunk driving accidents significantly climb during the holiday season, which we can sadly attest to as lawyers that face these situations.
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What Happens Next
With each tragedy comes the question, “What can be done to help the victim or his/her family after the accident?”
An alcohol/drug impaired person operating a motor vehicle can have devastating consequences. We have seen first-hand the damage done to a family that loses a loved one to an impaired driver.
While the criminal justice system can punish the offender with jail time, they cannot ensure monetary compensation for all the related damages. Medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses and other financial burdens can only be secured through civil court.
Worst of all, when someone dies because of the accident, his or her family is left to pick up the pieces both emotionally and financially. It is specifically these types of claims in Memphis drunk driving accidents that an experienced attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm can assist victims and their families to recover from these tragic events.
If a loved one has died as a result of an intoxicated driver, his or her immediate family has the right to file a claim on their behalf. For a minor child, his or her parent has a right to file a claim while spouses or children of the victim may also assert a legal claim. In the State of Tennessee, the claim must be filed within one year of the accident date or the case will be barred.
Because of the strict time limits placed on these claims in Tennessee, it is imperative that you contact an attorney to at least discuss a possible claim and your rights. For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm or search the site to learn about our services.
Contacting an attorney will cost you nothing, but not exploring your rights can cost you everything. The Chiozza Law Firm is a Memphis-based family run law firm specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice claims. We have been successful in securing millions of dollars in prior settlements on behalf of victims and their families. Our doors are always open, no appointment necessary, to discuss any potential claim you may have.
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