Franklin Car Accident Leads to 2nd DUI Charge for Local Man

Posted in Car Accident,Drunk Driving,Tennessee Accident Law on December 3, 2015

Franklin Car Accident Leads to 2nd DUI Charge for Local Man

Police responded to an accident in Franklin, Tennessee, on Tuesday night and arrested a man for driving under the influence.

According to a report by wkrn.com, the accident occurred around 8 p.m. in Williamson County at the intersection of Mallory Lane and Liberty Pike when the intoxicated driver, a 29-year-old man, rear-ended another vehicle.

The Franklin Police Department was called to the scene of the accident, and when officers arrived, they noticed that the man showed signs of impairment. After conducting tests at the scene of the accident, the man was deemed to be under the influence of alcohol and charged with driving under the influence.

He was booked and released on a $2,000 bond and is set to appear in court on Dec. 10.

No one in either vehicle was injured in the accident.

3 Reasons that Drinking and Driving Increases Your Risk of a Car Accident

Consuming alcohol and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is illegal for a reason—it’s extremely dangerous and significantly increases your chances of being involved in an accident. If you’re ever in a situation where you have consumed alcohol and need to get home, call a cab, use a designated driver, or stay where you are overnight until you are ready to drive home safely.

Alcohol makes intoxicated drivers far more likely to cause accidents due to three main factors:

  1. It increases your likelihood to engage in risky driving behiors.

Safe driving requires staying cautious at all times, being predictable in your driving habits, and driving defensively—never aggressively. Alcohol intoxication can make people more likely to engage in behaviors that are considered risky or even dangerous, such as speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, taking turns at high speeds, and accelerating or decelerating erratically and without warning.

  1. It causes your brain to take longer to process information.

Alcohol consumption slows down every part of the brain, which means it takes longer for you to make decisions and process information. Every second counts when you’re behind the wheel, and when it comes to avoiding accidents, sometimes the difference between a serious collision and avoiding injury is a split second. When you’re driving with delayed reaction times and an inability to make decisions in a short amount of time, you’re driving with a serious impairment that could result in a preventable car accident.

  1. It blurs your vision and makes you more likely to lose your focus on the road.

In addition to having a cautious mindset and having quick reflexes and reaction times, safe driving also requires clear vision and an intense focus on the road and the task at hand. Just as alcohol impairs the first two items in this list, it can also impair your ability to both see the road clearly and to keep your mind focused on the road. The combination of those two factors can cause you to lose control of your vehicle even momentarily, which is all it takes for a serious accident to occur.

These aren’t the only factors that play a role in drunk driving accidents. People who are intoxicated and get behind the wheel may also become confused and have difficulty with basic driving skills, or they may misread street signs and travel down one-way streets or interstates in the wrong direction, putting themselves and other drivers at serious risk. Because there are so many factors that can cause accidents when people drink and drive, it’s vital that you and your loved ones always plan ahead if you drink alcohol and need to get home.

The Franklin auto accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law know that far too many car accidents in Middle Tennessee are related to alcohol, and many of those accidents also involve serious and debilitating injuries. If you or someone you love was injured a negligent and intoxicated driver, we may be able to help you get compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. To find out how we can assist you, just dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online form.