Earlier this week near Burkesville, one woman was pronounced dead after she was involved in a fatal drunk-driving accident. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred shortly after three in the morning on KY 90, about seven miles west of Burkesville.
Evidently, the woman was heading eastbound on KY 90 when she began to drift over the center median and into oncoming traffic. As she entered the eastbound lane, a semi-truck driver attempted to avoid her by swerving off the road but could not avoid the impact. After the initial impact, the semi-truck ended up off the side of the road in a ditch.
The driver and one passenger in the semi-truck were both wearing seat belts during the accident. They were treated and released by a local hospital. One other passenger, a 13-year-old boy who was sleeping unrestrained in the sleeping compartment, suffered a broken leg.
The driver of the car was pronounced dead on the scene. Police believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident.
Driving Under the Influence in Kentucky
Despite the known dangers of drunk driving, people still get behind the wheel after they have had too much to drink. In Kentucky, the legal limit for blood-alcohol content is .08. While there is no exact way to estimate how many drinks it takes to get to that point, a good rule of thumb is that an average-sized male would be at risk if he had three drinks in two hours.
Drunk Driving Accidents in Kentucky
Like any other accident where one party is at fault, drunk-driving accidents can result in liability for the party at fault. Most often, of course, this is the party who is driving drunk. In order for an accident victim (or their loved ones, in the case of a fatal accident) to recover, they must be able to prove that the driver's negligence is what caused their injuries.
Even in cases, such as the one described above, where the drunk driver dies in the accident, that driver's insurance may still be liable to others injured by the driver's negligence. In fact, more often than not insurance companies are the ones who are paying out the awards on the driver's behalf.
Dealing with an insurance company, however, can be tricky. They are generally reluctant to pay out what an accident victim deserves and instead often try to make low-ball offers.
Have You Been Involved in a Kentucky Drunk-Driving Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a drunk-driving accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages from the drunk driver, or the drunk driver's insurance company. To learn more about the laws in Kentucky that allow for accident victims to recover for their injuries or loss, click here or call 502-583-2300 to schedule a free initial consultation with a dedicated Kentucky personal injury attorney.
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