A two-car crash in Belfry killed one driver and injured two passengers on August 5, 2018.
According to Lex18, this collision occurred in South Williamson on US 119 late on Sunday. Allegedly, one driver swerved across the middle line and hit an oncoming vehicle (which also had two passengers) head-on.
First-responders rushed all four crash victims to local hospitals for treatment. Tragically, Doctors soon pronounced the driver of the vehicle that was struck deceased. The two passengers and the driver allegedly responsible for this crash are expected to survive their injuries.
Police are now trying to figure out the primary cause of this crash. Although this collision is still under investigation, they believe DUI was a factor.
DUI Fatalities: A National Tragedy
Unfortunately, DUI remains one of the major reasons for traffic fatalities and injuries in the USA. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that almost 30 Americans die each day in DUI crashes that involve alcohol. Although this is better than fatality figures a few decades ago, the NHTSA believes there’s room for improvement.
Recent data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that over 2,000 people in Kentucky died in DUI crashes between 2003-2012. People between the ages of 21 – 34 were most likely to die in a DUI crash both in the Bluegrass State and nationally. Men were also more likely than women to die in a DUI crash in Kentucky and across the USA.
One area that concerns traffic safety officials is the rapid rise of DUI cases involving cannabis. As medical & recreational marijuana becomes more accepted across the USA, the more marijuana-impaired drivers are hitting the roads. Amazingly, the CDC now estimates that 13 percent of American drivers at night on the weekends are driving under the influence of cannabis.
Hurt In A DUI Accident? Get The Tiger On Your Side
Any car accident can have devastating consequences for anyone involved, but an extra element of injustice is added when the accident was caused by someone who was driving under the influence. When an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel of a car, they make a decision that endangers not only their own life, but the lives of everyone else who is on the road.
Just one call to Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC will help you better understand your legal rights given the nature of your crash. Whether you’re pursuing damages for a traumatic injury or a wrongful death, our compassionate lawyers are here to help you.
For your free and confidential consultation call, please reach out to Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC at (800) 937-8443.