Drunk Driving Accidents

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.

Investigating Drunk Driving Accidents

Victims of drunk drivers are often focused on doctor’s appointments, therapy, paying bills, and, unfortunately, grieving the loss of a loved one.

We Will Investigate While You Are Recovering

Most certainly, the police will have their investigation. However, seldom do the police have any interest in locating available insurance policies or determining how the drunk driver became intoxicated. Quite often the drunk driver does not have adequate insurance to cover even the victim’s past medical bills let alone coverage for future bills, lost wages, disability, and funeral expenses. When there is a wrongful death caused by a drunk driver, there is seldom enough insurance to fully compensate the victim’s family from one insurance policy.

We have experienced personal injury attorneys who know how to properly investigate and protect the rights of our clients who suffered injuries or loss at the hands of a drunk driver. Some of the actions we will take on behalf of you and your family include:

  • Determining if an accident reconstruction specialist needs to investigate the scene or obtain data from the vehicle black boxes before it is too late
  • Locate the source of the alcohol served to the intoxicated driver and determine if laws were violated in service of the alcohol
  • Confer with county victims' compensation advocates on behalf of our clients and assist with paperwork to obtain victims' compensation funds
  • Meet with the investigators or prosecuting attorney to ensure that our client is compensated through the criminal restitution proceedings, where available
  • Communicate with the drunk driver or his/her attorney to locate all available insurance policies
  • Investigate other potential sources of insurance coverage including umbrella policies, homeowners insurance, or uninsured/underinsured motorist policies
  • Determine if the drunk driver has personal assets which may cover your losses

Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys in Colorado

Contact our personal injury attorneys at 303-400-8100 to preserve your rights against a drunk driver that has caused you and your family harm. The initial consultation is free and you will owe no attorney’s fees until we recover for you. Let our experience in pursuing drunk drivers and bars that serve illegally work for you. Our personal injury lawyers are located in Aurora, Colorado, but we represent clients against drunk drivers throughout Colorado and the states of Utah and Wyoming.