We don’t need to tell you that drunk driving is irresponsible, illegal, dangerous, and deadly. You already know that thousands of lives are tragically ended and thousands of people are injured each year because of people who likely know the same but decide to get behind the wheel anyway after one too many – or ten too many – drinks.
Over 10,000 Americans died in drunk driving crashes in 2016 alone according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here in Kentucky, drunk drivers took the lives of 175 people that year. Drunk driving victims are parents, sons, daughters, friends, and other loved ones who are taken away needlessly or who must struggle with painful and debilitating injuries that change their lives forever.
At Dixie Law Group, we are committed to holding those responsible for such tragedies accountable for their conduct. We represent drunk driving victims and their families in Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri, fighting to get them the compensation they need and deserve. Our experienced car accident attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, helping them recover from their losses and move forward with their lives.
Criminal Cases Against Drunk Drivers and Car Accident Lawsuits
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is an extreme form of negligence. But it is also a crime. How the criminal case against the drunk driver proceeds can have a significant impact on your claims for compensation.
The evidence Kentucky prosecutors use to obtain a DUI conviction –such as police reports, field sobriety tests, blood, breath, or chemical tests, and witness statements – can also be crucial evidence to prove negligence in your car accident lawsuit. If the driver is ultimately convicted of drunk driving, that conviction can be used as evidence of his or her negligence as well.
Even if the other driver is acquitted or not prosecuted for drunk driving, your lawyer might be able to introduce any evidence that shows alcohol was in the driver’s system at the time of the crash to demonstrate negligence. Just because a driver’s blood alcohol content was under the legal limit does not necessarily mean he or she was not impaired.
Call Dixie Law Group Today to Discuss Your Drunk Driving Injury Claims
If a drunk driver has upended your life, injuring you or ending the life of a loved one, please call the Louisville drunk driving accident attorneys at Dixie Law Group today. We offer a free initial case assessment in which we can evaluate your situation, advise you of your options, and guide you through the next steps. There are no fees unless we recover compensation for you. If you are unable to meet us in our office, one of our attorneys will come to you.
To schedule your free appointment, call us at 502-290-2397 or schedule a consultation online. We look forward to the privilege of assisting you.