This was something that you never thought would happen to your family. It isn’t the tragic story of an acquaintance from work, it isn’t an after school special, and it isn’t even the lead story on the local evening news. Instead, it was the very real call that you got from the Louisville police telling you that your loved one had been involved in an accident with a drunk driver and it was the horrifying news from the emergency room doctors that your loved one had died from the accident injuries.
What are You Going to Do Now?
The next few days will be busy and you will likely have help from your family and friends. Your extended family may help you with funeral plans and your friends may help you with meals and other details that seem too overwhelming to consider.
However, at some point everyone is going to go back to the lives that they led prior to the accident and you will be left wondering how you are going to continue living. The decisions that you make now are important, but you do not have to do make them alone. Instead, you can:
- Ask for help. This can be difficult to do, but your friends and family do want to help you. If you need help with your kids, someone to be around in the evenings, or anything else then you should not hesitate to ask.
- Plan for your future. It may be a future that is difficult to imagine, but your loved one would want you to continue living.
- Think about your legal options. Whether or not the Commonwealth of Kentucky brings charges against the drunk driver who killed your loved one, you may be able to bring a civil wrongful death case too. This type of action may help give you peace of mind and financial stability going forward.
If you know anyone who has lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, then please share this article with that person and do your part to support your friend or loved one during this difficult time.