Memphis Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Were you hit by a drunk driver? Call (901) 451-8833!

Alcohol contributed to 7,796 crashes from 2006-2016 in Shelby County. In 2016 alone, there were 555 alcohol-related crashes in this county[1]. Driving intoxicated puts others at risk. If you or someone you love was involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, we invite you to contact Reaves Law Firm today. You may be entitled to compensation.

Who can be held accountable for your injuries?

Determining who is at fault for your damages and pain and suffering can be challenging. When you come to our firm, we will identify any liable individuals and work to hold them accountable.

Several different parties may responsible for drunk driving accidents, including:

  • Drivers: Drunk drivers are ultimately responsible for getting behind the wheel after they have consumed alcohol. Not only are their actions reckless, they are criminal[2]
  • Bars/restaurant owners: Owners of establishments that serve alcohol are responsible for cutting off patrons that are visibly intoxicated. A dram shop claim can be filed against a vendor in Tennessee if selling or providing alcohol to an intoxicated person caused or contributed to a drunk driving accident[3]
  • Hosts: Dram shop actions can also be taken against social hosts (§§57-10-101 and 57-10-102)[4]. You don’t have to work at a bar to be considered liable for contributing to an individual driving drunk.

Drunk driving is not always one person’s fault, sometimes multiple parties need to be brought to justice. That is why it is so imperative that you get a seasoned legal team on your side who can carefully examine your car accident and create a compelling claim on your behalf.

Drunk Driving: Civil vs. Criminal

Drunk driving is a criminal offense, but this does not mean that civil actions cannot also be brought against the responsible party or parties. Drunk drivers, if convicted, can face penalties such as fines, jail time, and community service. Victims of drunk driving accidents still have the right to bring civil lawsuits against those responsible for drunk driving accidents – that includes drivers, bars, restaurant owners, and hosts.

How Reaves Law Firm, PLLC Can Help

At Reaves Law Firm, PLLC we understand that no monetary compensation can ease the pain caused by a drunk driving accident, however, it can give you peace of mind and enable you to focus on recovering. Let us be your voice- Reaves Law Firm, PLLC can fight for the compensation you need following a drunk driving accident.

We know that accidents can happen at any time, so please feel free to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with a Memphis auto accident attorney from our firm.

Resources


[1] https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/safety/attachments/Alcohol.pdf

[2] https://www.tn.gov/safety/article/duioutline

[3] http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/dram-shop-laws-social-host-liability-alcohol-related-accidents-tennessee.html

[4] http://socialhostliability.org/NHTSA/Tennessee.pdf

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