Phillip Duncan, age 29, faces multiple charges, including drunk driving, after being stopped by officers in Louisville, Kentucky. According to the arrest report, Duncan was stopped on Taylorsville Road because his rear license plate was not illuminated and he was not wearing his seat belt. When officers approached the vehicle they noticed Duncan smelled strongly of alcohol and his speech was slurred. After administering a Breathalyzer, Duncan registered a .290.
The consequences of drunk driving are often tragic. In 2010, 5,008 alcohol-related collisions were reported in Kentucky. 3% of these accidents involved fatalities. 36% involved other injuries. 61% resulted in property damage only. Drunk drivers certainly bear responsibility for their actions. Often times there may be additional parties who are liable for DUI injuries, deaths, or property damage. Bars, restaurants, clubs or other persons may be responsible for letting the person drive away under the influence of alcohol. In short, while the drunk driver is always primarily responsible, in certain circumstances other parties can be held responsible if they had the chance or duty to stop the drunk driver from getting behind the wheel and failed to do so.
The attorneys at JONES WARD PLC have represented numerous victims of DUI crashes and have experience litigating these types of cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident of any type, give attorney Terrance Massey a call at (502) 882-6000 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.