Knowledgeable Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney Seth Gladstein Serving Victims of DUI Accidents
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only extremely perilous, it is also against the law. Yet, an estimated 30 million Americans admit to driving under the influence of alcohol within the last year, while 10 million Americans admit to driving under the influence of drugs within the last year. Each of these drivers puts those around them into immediate danger.
Whether you were in a different car than the drunk driver or in the same car as the drunk driver, you may be owed compensation from all responsible parties following a DUI crash and injury. Compensation for damages could include:
- Property damages
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Disability and loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Gladstein Law is dedicated to helping the victims of drug and alcohol-related traffic accidents. Even if you are unsure of who was at-fault for your crash, Kentucky personal injury attorney Seth Gladstein can help you understand your case and your best options for legal action. Contact us today to schedule a private, free consultation.
Driving Under The Influence of Drugs or Alcohol: Quick Facts
Although tough laws and helpful education programs have helped curb driving under the influence in recent years, drug and drugged driving is still an enormous public health concern that steals the lives of people across Kentucky each year. Here are just a few Kentucky DUI statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):
- Last year, 167 people in Kentucky died, due to a driver who was under the influence. This represented over 27 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the state.
- There were a shocking 4,529 alcohol-related crashes in Kentucky last year, resulting in 2,339 serious injuries.
- Over 24,000 people were convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol last year.
Here are some national statistics about driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol:
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that two out of three drivers will be involved in a drunk driving crash during their lifetime.
- The NHTSA also found that 22 percent of drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs.
- The NHTSA found that over 11 percent of drivers killed in motor vehicle accidents had at least one drug in their system.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that drunk drivers drive under the influence an average of 80 times before their first DUI arrest.
Who Is Responsible for a DUI or DWI Accident?
You may think that the fault of a drug or alcohol-related motor vehicle accident is obviously the driver who is under the influence. However, DUI and DWI cases and be complex, and the fault could ultimately involve one or more other parties. For example, the following parties could be at-fault for your accident and injuries:
- A business that served the alcohol. Kentucky Dram Shop law states that an alcohol vendor, such as a bar or restaurant, may be at-fault if a reasonable person should have known that a customer was visibly intoxicated before he or she was served.
- A commercial trucking company. If the driver who injured you was working for a business, such as a trucking company, the company may be at-fault for the accident. This could be the case if the company hired the driver even though he or she had a history of substance abuse and DUI, if the company did not properly vet the driver during the hiring process, or if the company did not properly supervise the driver.
It is important to note that Kentucky does not have “social host” laws, which may hold the host of a party or gathering responsible for a DUI or drug-related car accident because they served substances to their guests. It is also important to note that injury victims and their families have just one year to file a dram shop claim in Kentucky.
Contact Seth Gladstein: Helping Kentucky DUI and DWI Car Accident Victims
The team at Gladstein Law Firm is passionate about helping those who have been victims of a drunk driver, or a driver who was under the influence of drugs. By offering you a free consultation, Seth Gladstein can learn about the accident and evaluate the possibility of financial compensation for you or your loved one’s injuries.
You may reach the Gladstein Law Firm by calling 502-855-4177 or 1-800-991-0474. You may also reach us through our online contact form. Reach out today to get the professional legal help that you need from someone who cares during this difficult time.