Every Knoxville resident makes mistakes from time to time. Some mistakes are worse than others, however, particularly when the mistake could have easily been prevented with a little bit of common sense and foresight.
This is the case when it comes to drunk driving accidents, which would be entirely avoidable if individuals made better decisions and did not get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents occur quite frequently, and many Tennessee residents are injured or killed as a result of someone else's bad decision.
In these situations, it is vital that drunk drivers be held responsible for their bad decisions that injured others. In addition to criminal penalties that may arise, this means injured persons and their families can bring a personal injury lawsuit to obtain compensation from the drunk driver. This includes compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury.
While this may seem very straightforward, and individuals may expect their case to be open and shut, there are several important decisions that must be made along the way to get the best possible result. For instance, an early settlement offer can come from an insurance company, but individuals need to understand whether it is actually in their best interest to take the offer, or whether they could receive far more by litigating the case.
Our firm has extensive experience in dealing with drunk driving cases. We understand how to evaluate settlement offers, and we can advise our clients as to whether to take an offer or pursue further damages in a given case. For more information on how our firm advocates vigorously on behalf of our clients, please visit our webpage on drunk driving accidents.