There are so many mistakes made on Kentucky highways and each and every one of them has the potential to cause a scary collision. Drivers don’t always consciously choose to drive recklessly or drive distracted. Sometimes they can just be unaware of how much their behavior is affecting the safety of everyone else. But when someone drives under the influence of alcohol it is a conscious choice that shows no care for anyone else on the road.
The Kentucky State Police try to discourage this potentially deadly behavior each year. In 2019, officers responded to 33 accidents involving a drunk driver across Pulaski County. Those accidents tragically claimed one life and left 16 people injured for the year. These are heartbreaking cases that could have been prevented if someone who had been drinking had simply stayed at home and off the roads.
Pulaski County DUI Deadly Accident
A tragic collision involving two pick-up trucks claimed two lives on Monday evening. WKYT-TV reported that the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. on US 27 at the intersection of Kentucky Route 70 on January 4, 2021.
Kentucky State Police say a 39-year-old man from Eubank was driving his truck on KY70 when he tried to cross the northbound lane of US 27 and collided with another pick-up. The 56-year-old woman from Waynesburg driving the second truck and her 59-year-old sister died at the scene. Investigators say the 56-year-old driver had tried to avoid the collision.
The man driving the first truck and his juvenile passenger were not hurt. That driver is facing charges involving DUI, wanton endangerment, and failure to use a child restraint device.
Assistance for Families after Kentucky Vehicle Accidents
A tragic accident on Kentucky highways can devastate a family. A driver’s mistake can claim lives in the blink of an eye and leave relatives to grieve a senseless loss while also battling to keep a family from financial disaster.
The incredible costs of a funeral and ambulance and hospital fees can overwhelm a family and rob them of their right to have time to grieve. Family members like a spouse and children can have to go without the emotional and financial support loved ones would have provided throughout their lives.
To protect the family from these hardships, an at-fault driver’s insurance can be called upon to provide fair compensation in the form of a wrongful death claim. This civil lawsuit can be filed by a close relative on behalf of the entire family. An attorney working on behalf of the family can also file this claim and handle gathering evidence and building a strong case to leave insurance representatives no choice but to offer what’s fair after such a tragedy.
If a case involves a DUI driver, that suspect will be facing criminal proceedings, but a family’s civil case can move forward even when a criminal trial hasn’t reached its conclusion.
Contact a Pulaski County DUI Accident Lawyer
With a wrongful death claim, your family can earn the compensation they’ll need to protect themselves financially while giving them time to mourn without worrying about expenses and bills.
If you’ve lost a family member to a driver’s terrible choice to drive drunk talk to a Lexington Wrongful Death Attorney you can trust to be on your side and fight for your fair compensation. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the compensation they’ll need to make a full recovery. To discuss your case, contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, by clicking here to contact them online.