With so many vehicles on the roads, it is hardly surprising that occasionally accidents occur. These can be brought on by distractions, sleepiness, illness or the influence of substances such as narcotics and alcohol. It is not always easy to determine the cause of an accident, as often several factors are involved. Unfortunately, the results of these brief slips of judgment can cause widespread damage, as happened with one automobile accident recently in Tennessee.

A 57-year-old man was found driving around Humboldt early one morning after law enforcement officials had been called out to investigate a downed power pole. The front of his car was heavily damaged and, as a result, he was arrested on suspicion of knocking over the pole.

The driver is now facing charges related to drunk driving and possession of marijuana and cocaine. He has also been charged with leaving the scene of an accident. In addition, the damage to the power pole resulted in power outages to large areas of the city. The outages lasted until the Humboldt Utility Department was able to remedy the problem that afternoon.

Fortunately, no one was harmed in this accident. Nevertheless, any car crash is a traumatic experience for all involved. Whether a collision takes place as a result of simple human error, or because of a drunk driver’s actions, victims are entitled to seek compensation for their injuries. Residents of Tennessee are advised to make themselves aware of their rights, and ensure that any such accidents are investigated fully in order to find the best possible support for all affected.

Source: wbbjtv.com, “Alleged Drunk Driver Knocks Out Power For Hours,” Krystyna Biassou, Feb. 14, 2014