Would you put your child in beer goggles and a drunk suit? If you have doubts, you should view Jeff Rossen’s attempt to drive in a drunk suit and beer goggles for a story on the Today Show. While Rossen performed perfectly on the obstacle course before putting on the equipment, he failed the roadside sobriety tests, and he miserably failed the driving course once he put on the goggles and suit.
The beer goggles and the drunk suit is a tool used by Ford Driving Skills for Life to educate teens on safe driving skills. It is very important that we have open and honest discussions about drinking and driving with our teen drivers. The recent DUI accident during a Mardi Gras parade this year is a perfect example of the damage a few seconds can do.
Parents and teachers should use all the tools and resources at their disposal to teach teen drivers that drinking and driving is not worth the risk. While the risk of criminal charges is frightening, the thought of taking another person’s life because you chose to drink and drive should be overwhelming for a teen driver.
How Common Are DUI Accidents?
DUI accidents are still very common in California and the United States. Thousands of people are injured each year in DUI accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 28 people are killed each day in this country in alcohol-related traffic accidents.
Even though we have hundreds of campaigns and thousands of PSAs warning of the dangers of drinking and driving, individuals still make a choice to “risk it” rather than call someone for a ride or use public transportation. When someone decides to take the risk and causes a DUI accident, who is responsible for paying the damages?
Damages in a Louisville DUI Accident
If you are injured in a DUI accident, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the drunk driver. Even though the driver may have broken the law by driving while intoxicated, his or her insurance company is still responsible for paying any damages arising out of the DUI accident. However, just like all other car accidents, the insurance company for the drunk driver may deny or fight the accident claim.
Therefore, hiring an experienced Louisville DUI accident attorney is in your best interest. A DUI accident attorney will aggressively fight for your right to receive full compensation for your damages.
Examples of damages you may receive compensation for in a DUI accident claim include:
- Property damage
- Funeral expenses, in the event of a death
- Lost wages, including loss of earning capacity and future lost wages
- Medical bills, including future medical expenses and future personal care services
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Permanent disability and scarring
The types of damages and the amount of compensation vary by case. Our Louisville DUI accident attorney will discuss the specifics of your case during your free appointment.
Call a Louisville DUI Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, we want to help. Call the Shelton Law Group at 1-888-761-7204 or use the online contact form on our website to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation with one of our Louisville DUI accident attorneys.