McKellar & Easter, Attorneys at Law We protect what's most important
Contact Us For A Free Telephone Consultation

There are many motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers

As the holidays approach, there are many different parties that people in Tennessee attend. There are parties with friends and families, work parties, parties for charitable organizations and other groups. These are usually festive occasions where there is plenty of food and in many instances alcohol. People tend to consume alcohol at these types of parties to help them loosen up or unwind. This by itself is not a bad thing, but the choices people make after consuming alcohol can have lasting effects.

It could simply be that the people just embarrass themselves in front of friends or co-workers, but some of the choices could affect others more permanently. If people decide to get behind the wheel and drive after consuming too much alcohol, they could cause car accidents, which injure others or potentially even kill them.

In 2016 in Tennessee, there were a total of 6,244 car crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This is slightly down from 2015 when there was 6,546 crashes. In Knox County there were 406 alcohol-impaired crashes, slightly up from 2015 when there were 400. These accidents resulted in 245 fatalities state-wide, which again was slightly down from 2015 when there were 261 fatalities. Of those fatalities 14 occurred in Knox County in 2016. In 2015 that county saw 14 fatalities due to drunk driving.

Fatal accidents can be extremely difficult for the family and friends of the victims as they try to move on. In most situations, the family and friends will never fully fill the void left behind. While the family will never be able to bring the loved one back, they may want to seek compensation to at least fill the financial void left behind. This is especially important when the victim was the primary income-earner for the family.

There are many alcohol-related car crashes in Tennessee each year. Losing a loved one is always very difficult, and the family and friends of the deceased will have a difficult time moving forward. A drunk driving accident is also very costly, so it is important that the victims are compensated properly. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating these accidents can be and may be able to help one pursue the compensation they need.

Source:, "Tennessee Traffic Crash Data," accessed Dec. 11, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Experienced. Committed. Respected.

Mr. McKellar was voted by his peers as a “Top Attorney” by Knoxville’s CityView Magazine in its 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Mr. McKellar was selected as a member of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers.

Ms. Easter was voted by her peers as a “Top Attorney” in Cityview Magazine for Family Law / Divorce / Child Support in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Mr. Devore was voted by his peers as a "Top Attorney" by Knoxville’s CityView Magazine for Social Security Disability in 2017. "

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Your Partner in Practice | KBA Proud member | Knoxville Bar Association
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb
Start Now. Contact Us Today.

Have Questions? We Have Answers.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Knoxville Office
412 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923

Phone: 865-566-0125
Fax: 865-566-0126
Map & Directions

Nashville Office
424 Church Street, Suite 2000
Nashville, TN 37219

Map & Directions

Atlanta Office
Riverwood Center
3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1900
Atlanta, GA 30339

Map & Directions