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Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving accidents occur when drivers are reckless in operation of their vehicles, and as a result of that recklessness cause injury to another person. The law in Kentucky and Indiana requires that the reckless driver pay for the harm caused to the injured person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol concentrated level is .08 grams per deciliter or higher. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people are killed in an alcohol-related crash every day, which equals one person every 53 minutes.
Drunk Driving Case Summary
The following case summary is a drunk driving case we personally handled and litigated and is provided for illustrative and informational purposes only. It is not meant to offer legal advice or intended to take the place of a consultation with a qualified attorney with the requisite expertise and experience in these matters. This case is only a sample of the actual cases we have handled. While some cases may be similar, each case involves unique parties and specific facts, and the application of those facts to the controlling law may differ significantly depending upon the circumstances. No results or outcomes can be guaranteed in any case.
Holly S. was a young woman injured when she was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of Outer Loop and Shepherdsville Road in Louisville, Kentucky. As a result of the crash, Holly suffered severe injuries to her leg requiring surgery by an orthopedist that consisted of an open reduction, internal fixation. Holly also underwent extensive physical therapy and had medical bills in excess of $165,000. Holly was able to recover the full amount of insurance from the at-fault drunk driver, and she also presented an underinsured motorist claim against her own insurance company, Nationwide Insurance. The lawsuit was filed in Jefferson County, Kentucky, and her claim was resolved for her $100,000 underinsured motorist limits prior to the case proceeding to trial. A clause in the policy allowed underinsured motorist limits to be stacked for every vehicle in the household. Because there were four vehicles in the household, her underinsured benefits were quadrupled. The total medical bills of $165,000 were negotiated down to less than $30,000.
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