According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 10,000 people are killed annually in the United States due to drunk driving. Over 50% of highway fatalities are due to drunk driving. Wyoming has the highest number of deaths per capita in the United States. In Colorado, there were over 188 deaths caused by alcohol intoxication while driving in the state of Colorado. While Utah has the lowest national percentage for drunk driving fatalities, there are still over 50 deaths annually.
Victims of Drunk Drivers May Be Entitled to Victim’s Compensation and Restitution
The legal alcohol limit to drive in most states is between .05 and .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Consequences of driving while impaired can include loss of a driver’s license, fees, and even jail time. However, the consequences to victims of drunk and intoxicated drivers can be devastating. Victims of drunk drivers often suffer brain injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and even the wrongful death of a loved one.
Our attorneys represent victims with injuries caused by intoxicated drivers. We do not represent drunk drivers. Our clients are provided with the personal cell phone number of an attorney so they can obtain advice 24/7.
Over the years we have helped victims of drunk drivers, including:
- A three-year-old child whose mother was killed by a person over 5 times the legal limit
- A grandmother requiring many surgeries and having over $350,000 in medical bills
- A mother of five children whose husband killed by a drunk driver
- The family of a pedestrian killed by a drunk driver
- The mother of two teenagers killed by a drunk driver
Bars and Restaurants May Also Be Responsible for Overserving Alcohol
While the intoxicated driver is always at fault, we have represented numerous families against bars who have illegally overserved alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person. These bars often put their profits above the safety of the responsible families and the general public. Some establishments have irresponsible happy hours, drinking games, all-you-can-drink promotions, and contests.
BEWARE!! The statute of limitations for cases against bars and even wrongful death claims may be much shorter than the normal statute of limitations against the drunk driver. This means, that if you do not bring your case soon enough, the negligent bar can avoid responsibility.
Our Experience with Complex DUI Car Accident Injury Cases Can Give You an Advantage.
Some law firms focus only on the drunk driver and do not investigate where the alcohol was served. Nor do they assist clients with obtaining victims' compensation funds or restitution through the criminal process. We help in these areas routinely, often meeting with our clients, and the district attorney or victim’s advocate. For more information about our commitment to clients involved in DUI related car accident cases, contact a knowledgeable metro Denver personal injury attorney at Norton, Bowers & Hofstra, P.C. at 303-400-8100. Although our personal injury law firm is based in Aurora, Colorado, we handle cases against drunk drivers throughout Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. There are no attorney’s fees unless we recover for you. Home, evening, telephone, and weekend appointments are available.