Nearly thirty people across the US lose their lives due to drunk driving every day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thousands of Americans die in drunk driving accidents every year, many of them right here in Kentucky.
Drunk drivers have no excuse for their reckless actions. Victims of a Glasgow, Kentucky-area drunk driving accident deserve strong, compassionate legal representation to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Attorney Flora Templeton Stuart and her team have the resources and experience to recover money damages from all parties whose actions and decisions led to a senseless, preventable drunk driving tragedy. Contact her team today at (888) 782-9090 or online for a free case evaluation.
Drunk driving accidents cause severe, life-altering injuries to innocent crash victims, including in the Glasgow, KY area. Virtually any physical trauma you can imagine may follow a drunk driving crash. Some of the injuries our clients have needlessly, tragically suffered in drunk driving accidents include
This merely reflects a sampling of the types of injuries a Glasgow drunk driving accident can cause, of course. Human bodies are fragile, and the violence of a collision can do virtually any kind of harm imaginable.
No matter how a Glasgow-area drunk driver’s actions injured one of our clients, the team at Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers have the resources and know-how to seek appropriate, meaningful compensation.
Injured victims of Glasgow drunk driving accidents come to Flora Templeton Stuart knowing that someone owes them money damages, but not always understanding who that “someone” is. Of course, every drunk driving accident has its own unique circumstances, so the answer we give each client can differ.
Generally, anyone whose careless, reckless, or intentionally harmful actions leads to an accident can face legal liability for it. In drunk driving accident cases, our team often focuses on several parties who may owe money damages to our injured client:
The drunk driver usually has legal liability for an accident that injures someone. That is no surprise since the drunk driver, by definition, causes a “drunk driving” accident.
In the typical case, the drunk driver’s auto liability insurance covers some of the harm the accident caused. If the drunk driver has substantial personal assets, then they may have to pay damages out of their own pocket, too.
However, the reality in many cases is that drunk drivers lack the financial resources to pay our clients all the money they deserve as compensation for their devastating injuries. Although necessary, a criminal prosecution of the drunk driver can compound that problem.
So, experienced lawyers know to look for other parties who may have legal liability for a Glasgow-area drunk driving accident.
Under Kentucky’s so-called “dram shop law,” a person “licensed” to serve alcohol can face legal liability to someone injured in a drunk driving accident. It can happen when the licensed vendor serves alcohol to a person who then causes a drunk driving accident, and:
Kentucky law says that the drunk driver is still “primarily” liable for damages in a drunk driving accident, but that nevertheless, the licensed server can also face liability for harm the driver causes in an accident.
Experienced lawyers for Glasgow drunk driving accident victims know to look carefully at the facts of a crash to determine whether a licensed establishment served the driver alcohol. If so, then the victim may have a significant additional source to tap for compensation for devastating, life-altering injuries.
Kentucky law may also allow a drunk driving accident victim to seek compensation from a so-called “social host” who served the drunk driver alcohol before a crash. A “social host” is a private individual, such as someone who serves guests alcohol at a dinner party.
Although the law remains uncertain, it is possible that when a social host has a “special relationship” with the person who consumes alcohol – such as when the person is a minor – then that host may face liability for harm caused in a drunk driving accident. Speak with a member of our team to learn more about this additional potential source of payment of damages for your injuries.
Just because an accident involves a drunk driver does not always mean the driver’s drunkenness constituted the sole cause of the crash. Experienced lawyers like the team at Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers know always to look for other signs that factors having nothing to do with driver intoxication may also have contributed to the accident; for instance, signs of mechanical failure caused by a defective car part, or of a dangerous road condition caused by the negligence of a local government road department.
By identifying every individual or entity with potential liability for a client’s injuries, Flora Templeton Stuart aims to give her client the best possible chance of obtaining maximum compensation. Speak with her team today to learn more.
Knowing who might owe damages to a Glasgow drunk driving accident victim leads to the next important question: how much? Every tragic, senseless drunk driving crash we handle has its own circumstances, of course, so we can never guarantee how much money, if any, an injured client will recover. However, as a general matter, we often represent victims of drunk drivers in Kentucky in taking legal action to seek compensation for the following categories of damages:
Although compensation most often comes in the form of compensatory damages, they aren’t the only way for drunk drivers to be held accountable for their actions.
While financial compensation helps the victims of a drunk driving accident, they do not necessarily deter drunk drivers from engaging in this type of behavior in the future. When a driver’s behavior is found to be especially harmful, as is the case for many drunk drivers, punitive damages may be available to punish them for their conduct.
The goal of punitive damages is to make an example out of the guilty party and discourage others from engaging in similar negligent behavior. While punitive damages are available for the purpose of punishing the defendant, victims will still receive a monetary award. In Kentucky, there is no limit to the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded to victims, making punitive damages an important piece of a Glasgow drunk driving accident settlement.
As lawyers for injured accident victims, we wish we could turn back time and heal our clients’ profound trauma. We have seen firsthand the devastation and disruption caused in our clients’ lives by injuries suffered in a senseless drunk driving accident. However, we know our limitations, so we leave our clients’ physical and emotional well-being principally in the hands of healing professionals.
Our primary goal in representing injured Glasgow drunk driving accident victims is to obtain the financial compensation they need to pay for care and to restore their quality of life as much as possible. Money cannot solve all problems, but it can supply a solid foundation for our clients’ recovery and renewal.
As we have written multiple times above, every client’s case is unique, and our team treats it that way. Every individual who walks through our doors has a singular life story, and we view it as our job to understand that story, and then to do our utmost to serve our clients’ interests. In a drunk driving accident matter, that may include:
A Glasgow drunk driving accident can throw your life into turmoil. Having an experienced, compassionate, resourceful attorney on your side can help you reclaim it by seeking the compensation you need and deserve. Contact Flora Templeton Stuart today online or at 888-782-9090 for a free case consultation.