A Strong Ally For Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Every time a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, they put the lives of every driver, passenger and pedestrian on the road at risk. If you or someone close to you has suffered a personal injury due to the actions of a drunk driver in Louisville or anywhere in Kentucky, the attorneys at Satterley & Kelley PLLC are here to stand up for your rights.
Seeking Maximum Damages
Kentucky legislators have taken steps to strengthen drunk driving laws in recent years, but intoxicated drivers still abound on streets and highways in Louisville and throughout the state.
In handling drunk driving accident cases, we work to maximize our clients’ compensation, helping them obtain the financial resources they will need to pay for medical bills, wage loss and other damages.
Under Kentucky law, a plaintiff may be awarded punitive damages (in addition to compensatory damages) if there is clear evidence the at-fault driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. In some cases, it may even be possible to pursue damages from the bar owner who served the at-fault driver. These additional damages can make a profound difference in the lives of the victims. This is why it is so important to enlist the services of a law firm with the experience to handle difficult cases.
Increased Dangers On Kentucky Roads
The risks involved with sharing the road with drunk drivers is growing. Kentucky has seen an increase in alcohol-related driving fatalities, and recent reports have shown some of the highest totals in the last ten years. When you share the road with those drinking and driving, they may be actively putting you in harm’s way.
Alcohol can greatly impair a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle and have a growing effect on a person’s proficiency at minding their actions, the road and other drivers. You may face increased dangers on the road when another driver is missing these important skills:
- Trouble identifying risks
- Decreased ability to make decisions
- Loss of motor function
- Slower reactions times
- Blurred vision
- Increased speeds
These basic requirements for driving can be glaringly obvious when a drunk driving gets behind the wheel. A driver that is traveling too fast and does not have the capacity to act in time can cause serious harm. The force of a drunk driving accident could be compounded by another’s inability to mitigate the damages in the moment and leave you and your family suffering. Even simple mistakes can have consequences that are magnified with having too much to drink:
- Running stop signs at high speeds
- Failing to yield to oncoming traffic
- Traveling well above the speed limit in high traffic areas
- Losing consciousness while driving
Even when a driver is clearly at fault and there is no question that he or she was intoxicated, insurance companies will try to settle the case for as little as they can get by with. We are well versed in these tactics and use our advanced legal knowledge to fight for full and fair compensation.
We Are Here To Help
We are tenacious in helping our clients obtain the compensation they deserve. We are just as committed to holding drunk drivers accountable for their careless actions. To learn how we can help you with your drunk driving injury case, contact our law offices online or by telephone at 800-655-2117.