Four people were sent to the hospital after a suspected impaired driver collided with another vehicle around 2:30 am Saturday, November 10, 2018. Authorities at the scene say that the allegedly impaired driver rear-ended another vehicle in the intersection of Nicholasville Rd. and Mon-O-War Blvd. sending two from each vehicle to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Police are investigating the driver of the car that rear-ended the other vehicle for possible impaired driving, and he could face charges of DUI and vehicular assault if found to be impaired.
DUI in Kentucky
Driving under the influence of an impairing substance, (DUI) is a chronic problem across the nation, and Kentucky is no exception. In Kentucky, there are roughly 6,000 collisions a year where alcohol or drugs were a factor. This results in over 3,000 injuries and almost 200 fatalities.
Though the number of DUI’s as a percentage of drivers had been decreasing over the last decade, the number of accidents, injuries and deaths have stayed the same. This is most likely because of the increase in the raw amount of drivers on the road.
This means that impaired driving still places every driver and passenger on the road at risk for serious injury or death. The difficulty with impaired driving is that those who engage in the risky behavior are not able to utilize their full ability to reason due to the impairment. This creates in poor decisions, slower reaction time and an inability to drive without placing others at great risk.
Impaired drivers can cause serious and severe injuries as they can be unpredictable and erratic which can diminish the ability of the victim to engage in defensive driving. They also have a reduced ability to avoid an accident compared to a sober person often creating a collision where one wouldn’t occur.
Many times, the injuries sustained by a victim of a drunk driver is not limited to physical injuries. There is often an emotional, psychological and economic component as the victim’s life is turned upside down.
Do I need an attorney if I’m injured by an Impaired Driver?
The answer is almost always yes. There is a chance that the insurance company and their lawyers will do what’s right, however, this is not usually the case. You need an attorney that knows the law and the types of damages that can occur from a DUI. Some of the are:
- Medical bills,
- Loss of wages, both during the treatment and for any disability,
- Emotional/psychological damages,
- Loss of intimacy with spouse or partner,
- Loss of quality of life.
You need an attorney skilled and experienced in dealing with insurance agents and defense attorneys as well as being knowledgeable in impaired driving law. Don’t let the insurance company give you as little as possible, but get someone who can stand up for you and get you a fair compensation for your injuries.
The attorneys at Kaufman and Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.