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It can happen in an instant. Colorado DUI accidents can cause life-altering injuries or even death. Beyond trauma, drivers and passengers like you may be facing costly medical bills, job loss and other struggles. With every new difficulty, it can be a struggle to even know where to start. You have rights and the opportunity to seek financial damages even beyond what your car insurance or healthcare plan may cover. Here are some guidelines to what you can expect and why there are still so many drunk drivers in Colorado.
Cars have become bigger and safer over the years thanks to seatbelt and airbags. Still, the symptoms of drunk driving have not changed since we've started getting behind the wheel. The Centers for Disease Control notes that even with just a bit of alcohol in one's system, it becomes hard to track motion and do tasks at once.
Well below the legal limit, at a BAC of 0.02 percent, drivers are already unable to multi-task and at a still-legal 0.05 percent, steering becomes difficult and reaction time is significantly slowed. Considering that a car travels 88 feet per second at 55 MPH, any delay can lead to tragic consequences.
By the time a person has drunk enough to be over the legal limit of 0.08 percent, they struggle to concentrate, maintain speed and even stay in their own lane. Put that all together and the consequences of someone drinking make major injuries more likely than with two sober drivers.
There are numerous enforcement efforts each year regarding driving under the influence. A recent change in mandatory DUI felonies in certain cases has resulted in a decrease in the number of citations written by the Colorado State Patrol, although that has begun to taper off. That doesn't mean that driving under the influence isn't still a priority, as Colorado continues to spend millions of dollars a year on enforcement and awareness campaigns.
These types of programs can lead to more than 1,000 arrests over the course of just a few weeks. Yet nearly half of all traffic fatalities in the spring and summer happen because a drunk driver was behind the wheel.
Today, the national and local media is focusing on the "newness" of driving after smoking or ingesting marijuana or the scourge of distracted driving. It's true that these are growing threats. Coloradans still drive drunk, however, and at rates that are no longer decreasing nearly as quickly as they should. In fact, our state still ranks in the top-10 for citations. And when they are not stopped by police, DUI accidents can leave victims like you searching for answers.
The first thing to know is that you are not alone. Nearly one-third of all fatal crashes occur as a result of driving under the influence and many of those include people who have consumed alcohol. You are likely already considering medical care, surgeries and any physical therapy you may need.
In addition, your monthly bills haven't gone away. Loved ones need care. You need answers to questions like:
Wait, that might not be all. If you have been injured in a Denver DUI accident, you might be able to seek damages. But who do courts see playing a role in these types of tragic events.
Colorado jurisprudence argues that more than one party may be at fault in causing DUI accidents in Denver and around the state. Obviously, a person may seek damages from the driver of the vehicle that may have been intoxicated at the time of the collision. However, restaurants, bar owners, employers and other parties may also be involved or play a role.
As the process becomes more intricate, the details of your potential drunk driving accident case can become complicated. Pursuing every avenue that is worth your time for the financial compensation the facts of your case merits means that you can find the legal relief you may need.
If you want to pursue a legal remedy for your pain and suffering, and those of any loved ones, congratulations. It can be frightening to seek out help when things can feel so overwhelming. Here are some tips on finding the right legal representation you deserve:
Regardless of who you choose, choose a DUI accident attorney that hits these three marks for the best results.
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Typically, a personal injury accident case will go to trial when a settlement agreement cannot be reached outside of courts. If the defendant in the personal injury case is refusing to offer a settlement that accurately reflects the extent of damages, then a trial might be the only option to secure maximum financial compensation.
The best way to know whether or not you should accept a personal injury settlement is to consult with an accident lawyer you trust. Insurance companies try to get claimants to settle quickly before they know how much they actually could get for their accident. Consider having your personal injury case evaluated by a Denver accident attorney from our law firm.
Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn operates on a contingency fee basis. This is a "no recovery, no fee" guarantee which basically states that you do not owe us attorney fees until we obtain a verdict or settlement for you. To learn more about payment options, please call our experienced accident attorneys directly.
While it is not mandatory that you have legal representation for a personal injury case, it can be extremely beneficial. Many people are cut short of the financial compensation because they were not aware of how much they actually deserved for their extensive accident.
Many people do not go to the hospital after car accidents either because they think they are not injured or they fear they will have to pay out of pocket for the visit. Truthfully, many car accident injuries can go undetected and may not begin to bother the victim until days or even weeks after the accident. As a precaution, anyone involved in a moderate to serious car accident should go to the hospital for a physical evaluation. Most likely, this visit will be covered by insurance. Just be sure to keep record of the visit and the payment for the visit.
It can be difficult for a driver to know how much they're entitled to after a car accident. Many drivers accept the insurance company's first settlement offer because they trust that it's fair and will be enough to cover all accident-related expenses. This is not always the case. We encourage drivers to consult with a car accident attorney after a collision for a second opinion on how much your claim is worth. More often than not, insurance companies offer claimants far less than they actually deserve.
Colorado has comparative/contributory negligence laws. This means that even drivers who are partially at fault for accidents can recover compensation from insurance. However, this does not apply to drivers who are more than 50 percent at fault for the collision. For example, if the insurance adjusters decided that you were 20 percent at-fault and the other driver was 80 percent at-fault, then you could collect up to 80 percent from the other driver's insurance.
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