Every person who is hurt by a negligent driver has been wronged. But when you are hurt by a drunk driver, the wrong is much greater. Drunk driving isn’t just a careless mistake; it is a choice. At Crocker Law Firm we never defend drunk drivers in criminal cases. Our entire practice is dedicated to representing people who are injured by others. We have fought for many people hurt by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In an injury claim damages can include:
Those damages are called compensatory damages – they are meant to give you back what you lost. In Kentucky you can be awarded extra money when the at-fault party showed reckless disregard for the lives and safety of others. These are called punitive damages and they are meant to punish the at-fault party and discourage him and others from similar conduct in the future. See KRS 411.184 At Crocker Law Firm we have recovered money for compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of many people, and on behalf of the families of people killed by drunk drivers.
If you have been seriously hurt by a drunk driver, or if someone in your family has been killed by a drunk driver, the criminal case will be in the hands of a prosecutor. As a crime victim you are an important witness. You can choose to submit a victim impact statement after conviction but prior to sentencing and at parole hearings. A victim impact statement is a written description of the harm you have suffered and your recommendation of an appropriate sentence. Some judges will allow you to be present and read the statement out loud. You can find more information about victim’s rights on the web page of the Kentucky Attorney General.
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