Every year, approximately 17,000 Americans die in drunk driving accidents — and nearly 500,000 more are injured.
It seems unfair that your life, and the lives of your loved ones, could be compromised because of someone else’s decision to drive drunk.
When this occurs, you need an experienced attorney on your side who will help safeguard your legal rights, and protect your future.
Drunk Driving Accident Injuries
Drunk drivers often drive recklessly and take unnecessary chances. They may accidentally run a stop sign or drive the wrong way down a one-way street.
As such, DUI car accidents are usually catastrophic and result in serious, often life-threatening injuries.
Some of the most common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Amputation, and
Proving Liability in Drunk Driving Accidents
After a drunk driving accident, a thorough accident investigation is crucial to proving liability under Colorado law. A large amount of information must be collected in a short amount time to comply with Colorado statute of limitations.
Typically, proof of negligence is sufficient to hold a driver liable for damages. However, additional evidence is often necessary to file a lawsuit against a drunk driver.
Proof that the driver had a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher at the time of the accident is required in Colorado.
The drunk driver’s criminal defense attorney will likely try to pin some of the blame on you, in order to limit their liability. He may question the Breathalyzer results or claim police misconduct.
This can significantly jeopardize your claim — and your ability to obtain the compensation you need to fully recover.
Our attorneys will use police report data, along with eyewitness accounts, and other forensic evidence to build a strong case for you.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a DUI car accident, we can help. Contact our accident lawyers today for a free review of your case.
Helping injured victims obtain justice after an accident is our only concern. We work tirelessly to hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions.
Available Damages in DUI Accident Cases
Following a DUI car accident, it may be possible for you to collect compensation for your injuries and other costs not provided by insurance.
Recovery for property damage, medical bills, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering are the most commonly collected damages.
If you have lost a loved one in a DUI car accident, a wrongful death case can be filed. Loss of companionship and loss of future earnings are additional potential recoverable damages in this situation.
Additionally, you could be eligible to collect punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish the responsible parties.
Typically, the monetary value of punitive damages far exceeds the actual dollar amount lost by a victim.
Furthermore, if our attorneys ascertain that the driver consumed alcohol at a bar or restaurant before taking to the road, that establishment could be held liable for punitive damages.