No one chooses to be in a car accident, but when drivers who have been drinking alcohol or using drugs get behind the wheel they choose to put other drivers at risk for their bad decision.
People driving under the influence can put other motorists in a situation they weren’t expecting and cause a devastating accident. The consequences can be life-long for everyone involved.
Dangerous DUI Accidents Around Lexington
Drunk drivers are a hazard all over Kentucky and the statistics for Fayette County show the dangers for all drivers. In 2018, the Kentucky State Police responded to 370 accidents involving alcohol in Lexington and Fayette County. Three of those accidents resulted in a fatality and 165 led to serious injury.
The numbers for Lexington drivers under the influence of drugs were also problematic. Police responded to 102 such accidents. Those incidents led to 2 fatalities and 49 injuries.
These statistics are just for one city and it’s easy to see how high the chances are for anyone to encounter a DUI driver and be forced into a frightening accident. The injuries can leave victims with a long, expensive recovery ahead.
In these cases, the only way to ensure victims get compensated for all of their medical bills and lost wages at work now and in the future can be to file a claim for damages. An experienced, Lexington attorney with the Kaufman & Stigger Lawfirm can help you determine the best course of action to hold the at-fault driver responsible for their mistake.
Common Injuries in Accidents Involving DUI
A careful driver can learn to spot signs of a distracted driver and avoid a collision altogether. That’s one of the problems with drivers under the influence. They often operate a vehicle in a very unpredictable manner. A sudden swerve or random turn can make an accident unavoidable.
Generally, a sober driver who makes a bad decision can see they’ve made a mistake and correct their course or hit the brake to reduce their speed before a collision. DUI drivers often have their reflexes impaired and can fail to brake at all, bringing more speed into a crash and making them more devastating.
The severe injuries that result are becoming all too common to paramedics. The list of the worst outcomes can include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Paralysis (Quadriplegia and Paraplegia)
- Neck and back injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Internal organ damage
Compensation in a DUI Accident Claim
The DUI suspect will be facing criminal charges in any accident he or she caused. The at-fault driver may also be held liable for injuries you suffered in an accident. You can bring a claim against drivers and their insurance companies in a civil claim even if their criminal trial isn’t complete.
In Kentucky, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is one year. This means you have up to a year from the date of the accident to file a claim to recover damages from the responsible driver’s insurance. This may be the only way to fully cover your expenses and hardships as you try to get back to a normal life.
The accident attorneys with Kaufman & Stigger don’t recommend waiting until the end of this period to file. If you intend to file a claim, the sooner the better. Evidence and documents you’ll need for your case will be easier to collect immediately after an accident.
Damages that an accident victim or the victim’s family are entitled to recover from an at-fault driver may include:
- Hospital and medical expenses.
- Past and future lost earnings.
- Past and future permanent physical disability such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb.
- Emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety.
- Damage or destruction of property.
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact a Lexington DUI Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused after a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol got behind the wheel, you’ll need a Lexington attorney to help you recover the compensation you’ll need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma.
Talk to a Lexington Car Accident Attorney you can trust to be on your side throughout the claims process. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have the legal 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.