Drunk Drivers & Impaired Drivers
Every two hours, three people are killed in alcohol-related highway crashes. That is over 30 people per year. Over 4 million people admit to driving under the influence each year. Over 2,000 pedestrians are killed by drunk drivers each year. If you or someone you love is involved in a vehicle accident with a drunk or impaired driver, you need to hire an experienced attorney to handle your case. These cases often involve significant and serious injuries. Victims and their families can find themselves facing tens of thousands in medical bills, along with dealing with the grief and difficulty of an unexpected accident. While the driver is liable under the law, often times the driver has limited financial resources. You need a lawyer with the skills and experience to investigate the other responsible parties. Under certain state laws, known as “dram shop” laws, this could include any establishment that was responsible for overserving the driver and allowing him to leave the premises while intoxicated, such as bars and restaurants. These establishments have a duty under the “dram shop” laws to say “enough.” If they fail to do so, they are liable under the law. To hold someone liable under Kentucky’s dram shop law, KRS 413.241, there are a number of steps you have to prove. You have to establish that alcohol was served to an intoxicated person, and that a reasonable person would have known the person was intoxicated. Visible signs could include slurred speech, falling, or such basic information like the amount of alcohol the person drank and the period of time in which they drank it. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a drunk driver, contact us today and see how we can help.