Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is illegal in Kentucky and every other state in the country. However, being convicted of drunk driving is a criminal matter. Holding a drunk driver responsible for injuries in a DUI accident is a civil matter. Even if the drunk driver is judged guilty in the criminal case, you must still prove that the driver caused the accident that resulted in your injuries. You must also prove that you suffered damages as a result of those injuries.
Proving the drunk driver caused the accident is crucial if you want to recover compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, emotional suffering, property damage, and physical pain. Calling an experienced Louisville DUI accident attorney is the first step in protecting your right to recover full compensation. Call our office at 1-888-761-7204 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Louisville DUI accident attorney.
Can Anyone Else Be Held Responsible for Damages in A DUI Accident Claim?
In some cases, individuals other than the driver may be held liable for your damages in a drunk driving accident case. Under certain circumstances, Kentucky law allows you to hold a bartender or other server responsible for damages. The law requires you to prove that a reasonable person under the same circumstances should have known that he was serving a person who was already intoxicated. This can be very complicated for an attorney who is not familiar with Kentucky DUI accident laws.
Liquor stores may also be held liable in some circumstances for damages in a DUI accident claim. Retail stores are prohibited by law from selling alcohol to a person who is “actually or apparently under the influence of alcoholic beverages.” Again, holding a liquor store responsible for your damages is complicated. You need an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case.
A Thorough Accident Investigation
It is critical that your attorney performs a thorough accident investigation to determine the cause of the accident and identify the liable parties. By naming all parties that may be liable for your damages, you increase your chance of receiving full compensation for your injuries. The drunk driver may not have sufficient insurance coverage to pay all damages. By naming additional defendants, you may be able to recover additional compensation.
Call A Louisville DUI Accident Attorney Now!
If a drunk driver injured you or your family member, take steps now to protect your legal rights. Our attorneys have experience handling DUI accident claims. We provide free legal consultations and free case evaluations for victims and their families in Louisville, Lexington, and the surrounding areas.
Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form. You have a limited time to file a claim against a drunk driver. Because drunk driving accident claims can be complicated, it is important to begin working on the claim as soon as possible. Furthermore, evidence can disappear, and memories fade over time.
Contacting our office now allows us to identify and preserve key evidence we need to prove the drunk driver caused the accident and you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.