When drivers in Kentucky have had too much to drink, alternative transportation options are available including public transportation, taxicabs, car services, and rideshares such as Uber and Lyft. Safe rides home have never been more accessible, which makes it unfathomable that drunk driving is still a major problem in Pikeville and across the state.
Unfortunately, because drunk driving is still a major problem, innocent victims are still being injured in drunk driving accidents as well. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact a Pikeville drunk driving accident attorney at Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., to discuss your injuries and financial recovery options.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, there may be several parties who are responsible for your accident injuries and damages.
In general, social host liability does not exist under Kentucky state laws. This means that most often, recovery will be limited to the drunk driver and negligent licensed alcohol providers, however, depending on local ordinances, there may be additional parties under limited circumstances. Some counties in Kentucky have passed ordinances providing that adults who serve alcohol to minors or permit alcohol consumption by minors at their home may be liable when minors subsequently cause an accident.
Drunk driving has serious consequences and depending on the accident circumstances, injured victims may be entitled to recover for property damage, medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages may also be awarded in drunk driving accident cases in order to punish the defendant and deter future drunk driving. In fatal injury cases, wrongful death claims and survival actions may be available to benefit the deceased’s close family members and the estate.
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact a Pikeville drunk driving accident attorney at Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will go over your claim, injuries and damages, and available recovery options. They will also help to make sure that you and your family receive the care and resources that you need to begin the healing process.