Louisville Drunk Driving Attorney
Drunk driving, or driving under the influence (DUI), is a serious criminal offense in Kentucky. Yet many drivers recklessly get behind the wheel after imbibing in alcohol every day. If you get into a collision with a drunk driver, pursue justice and financial compensation with assistance from an attorney. The Louisville drunk driving accident lawyers at the Law Office of Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery have spent years bringing reckless drivers to justice. We can provide experienced and compassionate legal representation to you during this difficult time.
Why Choose Us
- We can help you fight for maximum financial compensation, even if this means taking your injury or wrongful death case to trial.
- Kentucky citizens have trusted us for over 30 years with their personal injury claims. We understand what is at stake and treat all clients with respect and dignity.
- Our law firm takes clients on a contingency fee basis. This means your drunk driving accident lawyer won’t charge you a dime unless he or she wins your case.
How a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Can Help You
Hiring a car accident lawyer in Louisville can greatly improve your chances of bringing a successful injury claim against a drunk driver. Your lawyer will have the resources and knowledge to hold a drunk driver accountable, such as connections with law enforcement and investigators in the community. You can rest, relax and focus on healing while your attorney hires qualified experts, investigates your car accident and negotiates for maximum financial compensation on your behalf.
What Is Drunk Driving According to Kentucky Law?
In Kentucky, a driver is legally too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle if his or her blood alcohol content level is at or above 0.08 percent. The legal limit is cut in half (0.04 percent) for a driver with a commercial driver’s license and drops to 0.02 percent if the driver is under the age of 21. Drinking any amount of alcohol before driving can have dangerous effects on a driver, including:
- Impaired judgment
- Reckless behaviors
- Loss of self-control
- Dulled senses
- Blurred vision
- Memory impairment
- Loss of muscle control or coordination
- Slowed reaction times
- Loss of consciousness
Drunk driving is one of the most common causes of serious and fatal car accidents in Kentucky. According to the latest available data from the Kentucky Department of Transportation, alcohol involvement caused 3,580 car accidents in 2018. Drug involvement caused 1,488 collisions. Combined, driver impairment was responsible for at least 124 deaths in Kentucky in 2018.
How Can You Prove Drunk Driving?
Drunk driving is a crime and a civil tort in Kentucky. This means that aside from facing criminal charges, a drunk driver can be held civilly liable for a related car accident and bodily injuries. Although Kentucky uses a no-fault car insurance law in most cases, DUI accidents often cause serious enough injuries to qualify the victim to bring a fault-based claim against the drunk driver.
If you wish to hold a drunk driver accountable for your car accident, you or your attorney will need to prove that he or she is guilty of this tort. This requires evidence such as:
- Police report
- Police cam footage
- The driver’s admission
- DUI arrest records
- Blood or urine test results
- A DUI conviction
- Eyewitness statements
To win a civil claim against a drunk driver, you must have clear and convincing evidence that he or she more likely than not caused your crash. This is a lesser burden of proof than in a criminal DUI case but can still be difficult to meet. The right attorney can help you preserve and collect evidence to prove drunk driving.
Contact Us Today for a Free Case Review in Louisville, KY
If you or a loved one was injured in a drunk driving accident in Louisville, Kentucky, please contact the Law Office of Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery as soon as possible for a free initial consultation. Call (859) 578-4444 or contact us online to speak to an attorney about your specific case. We are passionate about holding drunk drivers responsible for their wrongful acts and helping our clients get the financial compensation that they need to move forward.