Englewood Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Car Accident Attorney in Englewood
One of the most devastating accidents that can occur is when a drunk driver is responsible for the injuries. Without alcohol being involved, there are already enough risks out on the road for both drivers and pedestrians. When a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking, they take out the element of control required for safe driving techniques. A driver who is intoxicated can cause life-threatening injuries to passengers and severe property damage to cars.
Drunk driving accidents can lead to:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Back and neck injuries
- Head and shoulder injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Amputations and loss of limb
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injury
If you or a loved one has been hurt as a result of a drunk driving incident, turn to our drunk driving accident attorney in Englewood for proven representation. We combine our in-depth experience and our tenacity to deliver the results our clients need.
Dram Shop Laws
Under Colorado’s dram shop laws, if a bar or restaurant served the drunk driver despite him or her being visibly intoxicated, then the establishment can be held liable for the costs of the injuries. These damages can be pursued in addition to your claim with the liable driver’s insurance company.
Dedicated to Your Claim
At The Boyle Law Firm, we have seen the devastation caused by negligent drivers who drink and drive, and we firmly believe in helping victims seek justice and fair compensation. We strive to provide personalized, hands-on representation throughout your claim. Our attorney works aggressively and zealously on your behalf, pushing for the highest compensation possible inside and outside of court.
We would like to offer you a free case consultation so you have a chance to discuss the details of your situation.
Q1. If I’m hit by a drunk driver, what are the damages I can claim?
The damages can be claimed in Colorado. You can claim damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and property damage. Drunk driving generally provides sufficient grounds to bring punitive damage claims. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate you for losses but to punish the drunk driver. If the drunk driver was at fault, available damages include medical expenses, lost wages, pain suffering, etc.
Q2. Is there a limit to how much money I can get from a drunk driver?
Compensatory damages are based on both economic and non-economic damages sustained and every case is different. Punitive damages are equal but not surpass the amount of compensatory damages awarded. If the drunk driver was acting negligently or recklessly when the accident occurred, then you may be able to sue for more money. For example, if the driver was speeding or driving under the influence, then you may be able to recover more damages.
Q3. How do you think a lawsuit filed against a drunk driver will typically proceed?
The lawsuit against a drunk driver will typically proceed like any other personal injury lawsuit. The injured party (or parties) will file a complaint, and the defendant will file an answer. In Colorado, punitive damages may not be asserted in the initial complaint. Rather, through discovery a plaintiff must establish a reasonable factual basis to amend the complaint to add claims for punitive damages.
Once punitive damages are asserted, the case proceeds through discovery, mediation and, if necessary, trial. There will then be discovery, during which the parties will exchange evidence and take depositions. There may also be mediation or arbitration to try to resolve the case without a trial. If the case does go to trial, there will be a jury verdict or a judge’s decision.
Q4. What kind of evidence is usually used in these types of cases?
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is the most common form of evidence used in drunk driving cases. This is because BAC levels can accurately reflect a person’s level of intoxication.
Other forms of evidence that may be used include field sobriety tests, witness testimony, and breathalyzer results.
Q5. What are the possible outcomes of a lawsuit against a drunk driver?
There are many possible outcomes of a lawsuit against a drunk driver. Some of the more common outcomes include monetary damages (compensation for the victim’s injuries, property damage, etc.), punitive damages (damages intended to punish the defendant). At-fault drunk driver will also be subject to criminal prosecution In cases where the victim has died as a result of the drunk driving accident, family members may also file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Q6. What is the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration while driving in Colorado?
The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration while driving in Colorado is 0.08%.
Q7. Do you think Colorado dram shop law provides adequate compensation for drunk driving accident victims?
Colorado’s dram shop law allows victims of drunk driving accidents to hold bars and other alcohol providers liable for the injuries and damages caused by the drunk driver. This helps ensure that victims are adequately compensated for their losses and that those responsible for providing alcohol to the drunk driver are held accountable.
Q8. What if the drunk driver doesn’t have any money?
If a drunk driver doesn’t have any money, a victims can still recover the liability coverage of that driver’s insurance as well as any Uninsured/Underinsured coverage on their policies. A victim can also pursue judgment beyond the limits of that driver’s coverage. Damages caused by drunk driving cannot be discharged in bankruptcy which makes collection more likely than in cases where debts can be discharged.
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