As alarming as it may sound, approximately one-third of all Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point during their life. What would you do if it happened to you or someone you loved?
In Colorado, it is illegal for drivers of legal drinking age to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol limit (BAC) of greater than .08%. Once a driver has become intoxicated beyond this point, the chance of a serious – or even fatal – accident increase exponentially. Those who have carelessly put the lives of you and your loved ones at risk need to be held responsible for their actions. Damages collected after an alcohol-related accident may include compensation for property damage, medical expenses, loss of current and future income, and pain and suffering.
As a victim, you may have claims against more than just the drunk driver.
Damages collected after an alcohol-related accident may include compensation for property damage, past and future medical expenses, loss of current or future income, disfigurement, permanent impairment, pain and suffering, and exemplary (or punitive) damages.
If you believe that you or someone you care about has been the victim of a drunk driving accident, we urge you to act quickly due to certain time constraints. As a victim, you may choose to pursue compensation from.
Drunk Driving Auto Accidents
After a DUI automobile accident, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for injuries and any other expenses that are not covered by insurance. You may also have the ability to recover punitive damages against the drunk driver.
Dram Shop Cases
Drunk drivers are not always the sole persons responsible in DUI accidents. In some cases, claims can be brought against those who have contributed to the driver’s intoxicated state. In “Dram Shop” cases like these, an entity (such as a business) that supplied alcohol to a visibly intoxicated patron who then got behind the wheel of a vehicle, may also be a defendant. Also, keep in mind that the statute of limitations for pressing charges for dram shop cases in Colorado is limited to only one year.
Tragedy often occurs as the result of drunk driving accidents. Nearly 17,000 Americans are killed in accidents related to drinking and driving each year. If your loved one was wrongfully killed by such an accident, it can be very difficult to even think about taking the steps required to pursue legal action, but it needs to be done quickly. DUI and Dram Shop cases require legal expertise, and thus should be left to the professionals. Our experienced attorneys will aggressively pursue all possible benefits you may be due when your injuries and damages have been caused by a drunk driver.
Also, keep in mind that the statute of limitations for filing a Dram Shop lawsuit in the state of Colorado is limited to only one (1) year.
Speak with a Colorado auto accident lawyer at Mintz Law Firm should you find yourself needing representation after an accident.