A crash in Letcher County near the border with Virginia injured three people on August 30, 2018.
According to Lex18, this crash occurred on US 23 at 11:30AM. Allegedly, a driver traveling south suddenly turned his vehicle around and hit a southbound car.
First responders transported the driver who allegedly made the U-turn and two passengers in his vehicle to a local hospital. Doctors expect all of these crash victims will survive their injuries.
Police are still investigating the cause of this crash, but they believe DUI was a major factor. Investigators suspect the driver was attempting to avoid an upcoming traffic safety checkpoint.
National and Local DUI Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that alcohol-related crashes kill almost 30 Americans every day. Today, 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in the USA are related to alcohol-induced DUI.
In a recent CDC survey, 1.5 percent of Kentuckian respondents said they drove a vehicle after drinking too much within the past 30 days. That’s slightly less than the national average, which is 1.9 percent. Between 2003 and 2012, at least 2,000 Kentuckians lost their lives in drunk driving accidents.
While alcohol is a major culprit of DUI crashes, public safety officials are concerned about the growing number of DUIs caused by marijuana and prescription drugs. Studies show people who smoke cannabis before driving are 25 percent more likely to get in a serious accident than those who don’t.
To read Kentucky’s full laws relating to DUI, click on this link to Statute 189.A.010.
Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC Can Help Passenger Victims
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell when we will share the roadways with a negligent driver. If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI crash, it’s imperative to give Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC a call.
Don’t let insurers take advantage of you while you’re recovering in the hospital. Only a skilled car accident lawyer can ensure you’re getting every dollar in damages you’re entitled to.