Learning that a loved has been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver can cause the world around you to come to a halt as you try to process what has happened and how it may impact your or your loved one’s life. As you wrestle and cope with the pain, anger, fear and other emotions you may experience in the aftermath of the accident, consulting a lawyer may not be at the forefront of your thoughts.
When you are ready to seek justice for a family member’s serious or fatal injuries, our Denver Car accident attorneys are here for you. Our attorneys will compassionately guide you through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit following a serious or fatal DUI crash. Contact us at (303) 355-7202 or through our confidential online form today. We offer a free case evaluation.
Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
Every year, nearly 10,000 people die in automobile accidents caused by drunk drivers. While most drunk driving accidents happen at night and on weekends, they can occur any time someone makes the dangerous choice to drink and drive.
While drunk drivers can be held criminally responsible for their wrongdoing, our firm is committed to holding drunk drivers financially liable for the damages they inflict on our clients.
Staying Safe Around Drunk Drivers
You can help keep yourself safe by never driving after drinking. You can also keep yourself safe by learning to recognize impaired drivers on the road. Some of the telltale signs of drunk drivers include a vehicle:
- Weaving within its lanes
- Making erratic changes in speed
- Repeatedly swerving when no obstacles are present
- Failing to turn on headlights or use turn signals
- Having near misses with other vehicles
Accountability for Drunk Driving Injuries and Deaths
While prosecutors can bring criminal charges against the drunk driver for causing the accident, our attorneys hold negligent drunk drivers financially responsible for our clients’ losses. Some drivers may successfully beat the criminal charges or receive a minimal sentence from a lenient judge. And even if the drunk driver receives the maximum sentence in his/her criminal case, you may still want to seek additional justice.
Colorado law allows victims of drunk driving accidents to pursue third-party liability claims against additional parties who may have been partially responsible for the accident. Advocating for the rights of Colorado accident victims, our lawyers hold both negligent drunk drivers and other responsible parties accountable. Below are parties, other than the drunk driver, that may be held accountable in a drunk driving collision:
- Dram shop liability: Bars, restaurants and other liquor-serving establishments can often be held financially responsible where a patron is over-served alcohol and subsequently causes a drunk driving accident that results in serious bodily injury or wrongful death.
- Social host: The ‘social host’ provision of Colorado’s dram shop law provides that people who provide alcohol to underage individuals — whether at a college party or other social gathering — should be held accountable if one of the underage individuals who was served subsequently causes a serious or fatal drunk driving accident.
Wrongful Death Claims from a Drunk Driving Accident
A wrongful death can be claimed when someone’s life has been taken due to the negligent actions of another. Drinking and driving is an illegal and intentional act, and Colorado law allows surviving dependents and spouses to bring a wrongful death action against the drunk driver. Wrongful death claims are civil claims that are intended to provide families with financial compensation after the loss of a loved one.
If you have lost your loved one due to a drunk driving accident, your family has suffered an unimaginable loss which cannot be made whole with any dollar amount. What’s more, losing a loved one can also have a devastating financial impact. You may have incurred medical costs from the accident or you may be facing a future without the income your loved one would have made – or both. Your future has to be re-envisioned as you find a path forward without the emotional and financial support your loved one brought to your household. While we know there is no dollar amount that could ever be placed on the loved one who was taken from you, our attorneys fight hard to obtain as much compensation as possible for your pain and suffering – and your future.
A wrongful death lawsuit can act as a secondary form of justice for your family. The Civil Court can rule in your favor, even if prosecutors could not convict the drunk driver with criminal charges.
Contact Our Denver DUI Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, you need someone on your side to ensure you get the justice you deserve. An experienced DUI accident attorney can ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. If the collision was fatal, our attorneys are here to help guide you through the civil process of a wrongful death claim.
Every one of the Denver personal injury lawyers here at Fuicelli & Lee are former District Attorney prosecutors or public defenders. Our extensive trial experience gives us an unparalleled ability to effectively represent our clients both in and out of the courtroom.
Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, P.C., for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or contact us online today.