When people choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, the results can be catastrophic. Although people may feel as though they are able to drive, the effects of alcohol may cause altered perceptions, reduced response times and delayed reactions that could cause a major car accident. The legal blood alcohol content level in Kentucky is 0.08%; however, alcohol can have an effect at 0.05% BAC and lower. Even drivers who are below the legal limit run the risk of causing a deadly car accident. Drinking and driving can be even more deadly at night. Reduced light sources in itself can cause driving hazards, including vision problems and difficulty determining the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles.
Both factors played a role in the death of two people in Kentucky near Burkesville. A 67-year old woman driver and a 74-year old passenger were both pronouced dead on the scene when their vehicle was hit head on by a drunk driver. The driver, a 28-year-old male, was driving east and crossed over into west-bound traffic. The couple did not have a chance to get out of the way before they were hit and killed. The young drunk driver was treated for minor injuries.
People who have been involved in a drunk driving accident or have lost a loved one as a result of another person’s negligent actions may want to contact a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can help you review your rights and legal options when it comes to getting compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages from work.