Kentucky Drunk Driver Accident Attorneys
When you’re injured in by an impaired driver in Lexington & Louisville
Drunk driving accidents are a leading cause of fatal and severe injury crashes across the country. With the 2020 traffic accident data just recently published, we’re seeing it was a deadly year not just for car accidents overall, but for drunk driving accidents as well. If you or a loved one were hurt in one of these accidents, it’s crucial you work with an experienced attorney to hold the drunk driver accountable.
The Kentucky lawyers at Wilt & Associates, PLLC have the resources and knowledge to handle drunk driving accidents. We believe in working hard to secure justice after intoxicated and impaired drivers cause others harm – because driving drunk is one of the worst types of negligence. We can help you file your claim, work with authorities, and stand up for your rights. Contact us in Lexington or Louisville today.
How can we help today?
- What is drunk driving?
- How common are drunk driving accidents in Kentucky?
- What are common injuries from Kentucky drunk driving accidents?
- What’s the difference between the criminal case and the civil case?
- Who is liable for my Kentucky drunk driver accident and injuries?
- What is the value of my Kentucky drunk driver accident claim?
- Do you have a drunk driver accident attorney near me?
What is drunk driving?
Drunk driving in Kentucky means “Operating [a] motor vehicle with alcohol concentration of or above 0.08, or of or above 0.02 for persons under age twenty-one, or while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or other substance which impairs driving ability.”
The state of Kentucky notes this can also include “illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and/or inhalants such as glue, gasoline, spray paint, etc.”
How common are drunk driving accidents in Kentucky?
In their Overview of Motor Vehicle Crashes in 2020 report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) analyzes all the traffic accident data from the year. They found that alcohol-impaired driving increased overall across the United States.
Per the NHTSA: “In 2020 there were 1,938 unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities in crashes that involved alcohol-impaired driving and speeding, a 23-percent increase from 1,581 for the same metric in 2019.” Here in Kentucky, there was a 31.8% increase in drunk driving-involved car accidents, with 199, compared to 151 in 2019. They also noted that fatalities involving speeding also jumped up from 114 in 2019 to 162 in 2020.
Alex Otte, the national president for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), told WBKO, “So many things can be done to combat drunk driving, it comes down to personal responsibility. I know that no matter how much I kick and scream, no matter what laws I change, there’s always gonna be people who make this deadly choice, and they just have to take responsibility for their actions.”
Wilt & Associates can help.
What are common injuries from Kentucky drunk driving accidents?
Accidents with drunk drivers tend to be serious with severe injuries. Drunk drivers often don’t see another vehicle or object in their path, tending to cause high-speed, catastrophic crashes. Injuries can be life-altering, including:
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Fractured, crushed, or broken bones
- Traumatic amputation injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wrongful death
Whether you experienced injury or lost a loved one in a Kentucky drunk driving accident, the injury attorneys at Wilt & Associates will work to ensure you secure the compensation you need to move forward with the resources you need.
What’s the difference between the criminal case and the civil case?
Because drunk driving in Kentucky is against the law, when you’re injured by a drunk driver, they will likely be arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). Although the criminal justice system will deal with the DUI aspect of the case, any criminal penalties handed down by the state of Kentucky revolve around punishing the offender for breaking the law – not for the specific damages against you personally.
A civil personal injury claim, on the other hand, is a lawsuit you bring against the at-fault driver for things like your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Also, criminal and civil proceedings run separately from each other, so it’s not necessary to wait for the outcome of a trial to bring your claim. Our attorneys can also determine if the evidence from the criminal case is helpful for your civil claim, and strategize as to the best time to begin your claim.
We can explain more in a personal consultation.
Who is liable for my Kentucky drunk driver accident and injuries?
Generally, the intoxicated driver who hit you is liable for your injuries and damages. However, in some cases, the driver may not be the only liable party. Depending on the circumstances, other potential liable parties for your Kentucky DUI driver accident and injuries can include:
- An establishment, like the bar, restaurant, or liquor store, that provided the driver alcohol. Under Kentucky dram shop laws, a victim of a drunk driving accident cannot hold the establishment liable for selling a driver alcohol. However, in some instances they can – if the individual was visibly intoxicated at the time, or if the person was under legal drinking age.
- A social host, if they knowingly allowed an intoxicated or underage guest to continue drinking knowing they intended to drive their vehicle following the event.
Our attorneys can examine your case in-depth to determine all possible at-fault parties to ensure we pursue maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
What is the value of my Kentucky drunk driver accident claim?
At Wilt & Associates, we are champions for the injured and we will walk you through the legal process from start to finish. We work to secure the best possible outcome – whether that means negotiating and obtaining the best possible settlement or going to trial and fighting for the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled. This can include:
- Medical bills
- Wage loss
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation services and equipment
- Miscellaneous expenses related to your injuries
- Pain and suffering
Our attorneys may also seek punitive damages. These are an award issued by the court to the personal injury victim that go above and beyond their damages. The purpose of punitive damages are to punish the driver, set an example for the public, and prevent similar instances from occurring in the future.
Do you have a drunk driver accident attorney near me?
Wilt & Associates has offices in Louisville and Lexington:
If you are too injured to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits when necessary.
Louisville and Lexington drunk driver accident lawyers fighting for you
Accidents with drunk drivers tend to be severe and catastrophic. If this happened to you, the Kentucky attorneys at Wilt & Associates are ready to help. We work to secure maximum compensation for your medical bills and other losses. To find out how we can help you make the most of your injury claim and work to secure the justice to which you’re entitled, schedule a free consultation today by calling 502-253-9110 or filling out our contact form today. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.