Motor vehicle accidents can and do happen in Tennessee. And while sometimes these accidents are caused by a negligent driver who accidentally lost control of their vehicle, other times these accidents are caused by drunk drivers who consciously made the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after having too much to drink.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, it appears that a driver was under the influence on Thursday when he was driving a Silverado and crossed the center line on Highway 41 in Rutherford County. At the same time, a driver behind the wheel of a Tahoe -- who was traveling in the correct direction -- was unable to avoid a collision with the wrong-way driver. The two vehicles collided, and a total of six people had to be taken to hospitals.
The alleged drunk driver and his passenger were both airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The driver and passenger of the Tahoe, along with two children, were also taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
As of now, the exact condition of those in the Tahoe is unknown, and both of the people in the Silverado are listed as being in stable condition. The Tennessee Highway Patrol also reported that charges against the alleged drunk driver are also pending.
Unfortunately, accidents like this one happen all too often. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one in every three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. Sometimes these accidents lead to death, and others lead to injuries. Overall, it is important to remember that any of these accidents can be prevented if drivers just choose to be responsible and not drive drunk.