A little over 30 years ago, a Kentucky woman lost her husband in a tragic accident involving drunk driving. This event has been deemed the nation’s worst DUI crash. In 2010, that same woman also lost her son to another drunk driver. Fatal DUI-related car accidents happen all too often and leave the family members of the victims hurting for the rest of their lives.
On May 14, 1988, a man boarded a bus with his church group to go to an amusement park. He and 26 other individuals on that bus never came home. Their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver who crossed the center median. The gasoline tank ruptured, and the bus caught on fire. Most of those who survived the event were left with severe burns.
On Aug. 31, 2010, the son of the man killed on that bus so many years before was on his way to work when his vehicle was hit by a drunk driver who was speeding. He died at the scene of the crash. The driver responsible was eventually convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, nearly 10,500 people were killed in DUI-related car accidents in 2016. That number seems to stay fairly consistent, which means that, every day, roughly 29 people are killed by impaired drivers. Kentucky residents who have lost loved ones in auto collisions with impaired drivers may have legal recourse. Wrongful death claims may be filed in civil court in an effort to seek compensation for their losses. While taking such actions cannot replace the lives lost, it can — if litigation proves successful — grant surviving family members some relief in their time of need, and even a sense of justice.
Source: kentucky.com, “Her husband died in nation’s worst drunk-driving crash. Her son was next.“, Jack Brammer, May 11, 2018