It was early Monday morning when Ms. Lafollette, sleeping in her own home, was instantly killed by a drunk driver who crashed through the side of the Bellevue house off of the 1100 block of George Patton Road.
The man who allegedly ended Ms. Lafollette’s life, Michael E. Harris, had a history of DUI arrests. Unfortunately, Harris apparently never learned from his mistakes.
According to the police, because of his actions, a loving member of the Bellevue community is no longer with us.
Mr. Harris and his passenger, Cody Taylor, fled the scene immediately. Police were able to apprehend both men, arresting Harris. He has been charged with six crimes including vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.
As a personal injury lawyer, I have seen far too many family members and loved ones robbed of their lives by drunk drivers. If these allegations prove true, Mr. Harris will be just one of the countless individuals on the roads today who have selfishly endangered themselves and others with their actions. This is why it is important to always consider your actions and create safeguards when alcohol is involved before your start drinking.
How Nashville Can Put A Stop to Drunk Driving
Although alcohol can bring people together for a fun night of social activity, it comes with several dangers. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, almost 10,000 people are killed in the United States every year from alcohol related driving accidents. This is why it is important to follow these steps whenever alcohol is present:
- Always have a designated driver. This ensures that there is always someone who can safely take you or your group home without endangering anyone.
- Use a ride share service. If you can’t find a designated driver for the night, leave your keys at home and take a Lyft or Uber.
- Know your limit. No one respects the person who is drunk at a social event who cannot control his or her actions. If you are getting tipsy, be a responsible adult and stop drinking.
- Be your group’s eyes and ears. If someone has had too much to drink, be an adult and make sure they do not make a decision they will regret in the morning.
Nashvillian Victims of Drunk Driving
One of my greatest passions as a lawyer has been serving the Nashville area as an advocate for the prevention of drunk driving accidents.
Serving you and the Nashville community as a personal injury lawyer has been a privilege of mine for the last ten years of my thirty year career. With over 100 cases taken to verdict protecting those who have been victims of these types of accidents, I can assist you as well.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving related accident, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. My legal team and I at Raybin & Weissman have helped hundreds of individuals like Ms. Lafollette’s family represent themselves during these difficult times.
No family member can be replaced, but our team can assist in your road to recovery.