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Kentucky DUI Accident Attorney

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The Johnson Law Firm aggressively pursues claims against intoxicated drivers who cause wrecks, and the businesses that served them the liquor. To discuss your legal options, contact our offices in Pikeville, Kentucky, today to speak with a knowledgeable drunk driver accident lawyer.

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Kentucky DUI Accident Attorney

  1. 1. DRUNK DRIVING IN KENTUCKY
  2. 2. DRUNK DRIVING STATS Every day, 29 people die in drunk driving wrecks.That’s more than 10,000 deaths each year. Drunk driving costs the U.S. $44 billion annually, according to the National HighwayTraffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). DWI is a serious crime that impacts every driver on the road today.We all pay for drunk driving accidents through higher insurance rates, even if we never violate the law. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682
  3. 3. THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE The FBI reports that “intoxicated” driving accounts for more than a million arrests every year, making it the third-most commonly charged criminal offense in the United States, after theft and drug possession. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) statistics show that every day in America, around 300,000 people drive drunk; and yet, less than 4,000 (1.3 percent) are arrested or charged with it. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682
  4. 4. DWI ACCIDENTS IN KENTUCKY 4,243 alcohol-related collisions were reported in Kentucky during 2016. Four percent of all alcohol-related collisions were fatal; 32 percent produced injuries; and the remainder (64 percent) resulted in only property damage. Alcohol-related collisions decreased by one percent in 2016 compared to 2015.The 171 DWI accident fatalities in 2016 (21 percent of all persons killed in Kentucky traffic accidents) were down from 2015’s 175.There were 1,974 persons injured in alcohol-related collisions in 2016, which was also down (five percent) from 2015’s 2072. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682
  5. 5. MORE KENTUCKY DWI STATISTICS 19 Pedestrians were killed by drunk drivers in Kentucky during 2016 Of the 171 killed in Kentucky DWI collisions, the age ranges that involved double-digit drunk driver fatalities were between 22 and 64. Here's a breakdown. Age Fatalities 22-24 15 25-34 39 35-44 32 45-54 30 55-64 23 CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682
  6. 6. KENTUCKY’S DWI LAWS A person may be charged with DWI if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is more than 0.08.There are lower BAC limits for commercial drivers (0.04) and a “zero tolerance” for “underage” intoxicated drivers (below age 21). Aggravated DWI Circumstances – which make the punishment worse • Speed Limit – Driving 30 MPH over Limit • Driving the Wrong Way on Limited Access Highway • Causing an Accident that Results in Injury or Death • Alcohol Level is .18 or Above • DUITest Refusal • Passengers Under the Age of 12 CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682
  7. 7. KENTUCKY DWI PENALTIES 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense JailTime None 5 Days 60 Days Fines/Penalties $500-$2,100 $1,100-$5,100 $2,100-$10,000 License Susp. 90 Days 1Year 3Years Kentucky has an implied consent law, which means that if you refuse to submit to a BAC test you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682
  8. 8. DRUNK DRIVER LIABILITY If you have been injured by a drunk driver, or a family member has been seriously hurt or killed, you’re more than a statistic.You are owed compensation, either from the driver’s insurance company or – failing that – most likely yours if you have Uninsured/Underinsured driver (UI) coverage or personal injury protection (PIP).The damages you might be able to receive include:  Past and future medical expenses  Loss of current and future income  Pain and suffering  Property damage (such as automobile repairs and anything of value in your vehicle which was destroyed in the accident)  Disability  Wrongful death  Possible punitive damages. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682
  9. 9. DRUNK DRIVERS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES LIABLE FOR THE ACCIDENTS THEY CAUSE Law enforcement investigates accidents only for criminal violations. In civil matters, that job falls to your attorney.Those investigations identify all who may be liable to compensate you, which can involve more than the driver. For example, Kentucky law empowers victims of drunk drivers to hold a bartender, server, and the establishment manager and owner responsible for legal damages if you can prove a reasonable person should have known that he or she was serving a person who was already intoxicated. Liquor stores are also prohibited by law from selling alcohol to a person who “reasonably appears to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages.” CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682
  10. 10. INSURANCE COMPANIES PROTECT DWI DEFENDANTS Insurance companies that cover drunk drivers are your most dangerous opponents.They do whatever they can to save money by paying you far less than you are entitled to receive by questioning the legitimacy of your claim or offering lowball settlements that can never meet your financial needs. A seasoned DWI lawyer builds airtight cases and shields you from insurance claims adjusters and the lawyers that protect insurance companies. Statistics prove that injured DWI victims win higher payments when they have an experienced lawyer fighting for them. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682
  11. 11. WE’RE HERE TO HELP The Johnson Law Firm aggressively pursues claims against intoxicated drivers who cause wrecks, and the businesses that served them the liquor.To discuss your legal options, contact our offices in Pikeville, Kentucky, today to speak with a knowledgeable drunk driver accident lawyer. Protect yourself and your family by calling us at 606-433-0682 or by filling out this form. CALL FOR A CASE EVAULATION: 606-433-0682

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