Denver Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunk driving accident, you should not have to suffer the pain, financial expenses, and costly property damage due to someone else’s reckless and dangerous decision. Fortunately, you have the right to seek justice and fair compensation by pursuing an injury claim against the person responsible for your injuries.
The experienced team of car accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group will fight for your rights following a car accident and will hold accountable those who have harmed you or your loved ones with their negligence. We understand the challenges that can arise from a drunk driving accident, such as injuries, emotional stress, and financial burdens like medical bills and lost wages. We are determined to help you overcome the financial stress and strain of recovering from a severe injury accident by getting you the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 331-6186 so we can discuss the best way to proceed for your case.
Why You Need a Lawyer
An attorney can assist you in building the strongest case possible to prove the drunk driver’s negligence. A drunk driving case has unique circumstances because the driver’s criminal case often takes precedence over a civil case where you would seek compensation for their negligence. While the driver’s criminal case is ongoing, they have the option to refuse to testify in a deposition until their criminal case is resolved. A lawyer who is experienced in these types of cases is familiar with these circumstances and can still help clients who find themselves in this situation.
Another thing to keep in mind is that in drunk driving cases, there can be multiple injured parties, as well as multiple parties that share a portion of responsibility. In Colorado and many other states, there is a set of laws known as “dram shop” that allows a victim of drunk driving accidents to sue both the person responsible for the accident as well as the bar or establishment that served them before the accident. As the statutes and case law of dram shop are made for this particular issue, it is important to have a lawyer who is knowledgeable of these laws.
Why Choose The Bourassa Law Group
The experienced team of Colorado drunk driving accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group is determined to provide the best representation for our clients and get them the full and fair compensation they deserve. We have a proven track record for defending people in all types of car accident cases and will do the same for you. At The Bourassa Law Group, we value customer service and will make sure we provide exceptional service while working toward a favorable result for your case.
Our compassionate personal injury attorneys care about the well-being of our clients. We understand that a car accident can be traumatic both physically and emotionally, so we will give our full effort to get you back on track and recovered. We will be assertive when fighting for your rights, and we will work hard toward building the most persuasive possible case on your behalf. We work with a team of qualified experts, including medical professionals, investigators, accident reconstruction experts, engineers, and expert witnesses, so you will get assistance from not just our attorneys but a helpful team of professionals.
Cases We Handle
At The Bourassa Law Group, we handle all types of accidents caused by drunk drivers, including but not limited to:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Wrong-way collisions
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
Drunk driving cases are an example of blatant negligence on the part of the drunk driver, in more ways than one. Not only is the driver operating a vehicle while intoxicated, which is a serious offense, but they are driving recklessly to the point where it leads to an accident that puts you in danger. In Colorado, there is a separate charge of Careless Driving given for most drunk driving accidents along with the DUI offense. In addition to the heavy penalties assessed for a DUI offense, a charge of Careless Driving is considered a class 1 traffic misdemeanor when it results in the bodily injury or death of another, which includes pedestrians as well as passengers and occupants of another vehicle.
The maximum penalty associated with a charge of Careless Driving resulting in bodily injury is up to one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine. For a charge of Careless Driving resulting in death, the person responsible may face their driver’s license being suspended for up to one year. The consequences are severe for a drunk driver who causes an accident and puts you or your passengers at risk or causes injuries. Even though the person responsible for the accident will most likely face criminal conviction and punishment for their actions, the criminal action that the state takes against the person will be entirely separate from any civil action that you take.
To be justly compensated, you will need to pursue a civil lawsuit so you can recover damages. In a personal injury case, you may be compensated for economic damages like lost wages and medical costs, as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one due to a drunk driving accident, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit. In this type of case, you may receive compensation for lost earnings, companionship, or other expenses that are incurred as a result of your loved one’s passing. In either situation, it is essential to perform a thorough investigation with the assistance of an attorney to determine who is liable for the accident. The investigation process involves gathering evidence and consulting witnesses and qualified experts for their input or testimonies.
While it may seem obvious that the drunk driver is the liable one, there is a possibility that the bar or establishment that served them alcohol would be at least partly responsible for your injuries. If the bar or establishment illegally served alcohol to a minor who caused the accident, the business would be considered the liable party. However, they could also be held liable if they served alcohol to someone who was noticeably intoxicated, or to someone who was 21 who caused an accident in which they injured someone. Our experienced attorneys can provide guidance in determining which party should be deemed liable in your particular case.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
At The Bourassa Law Group, we get a lot of questions from clients about their drunk driving cases. Below we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions regarding drunk driving accidents. We hope you find our answers helpful. If you have any questions about your particular case, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced Colorado drunk driving accident attorneys any time at (303) 331-6186.
If I am a passenger of a car where the driver is drunk and gets in an accident which causes me to be injured, can I sue them?
Yes, even though the scenario of the “other” driver being at fault may be more commonly thought of, you may also seek compensation for injuries incurred as a result of your driver’s negligence. If the person who was giving you a ride was served alcohol at a bar or establishment, or a party, you might also sue the business or host of the party, respectively, if it seems likely that they are liable.
If I was injured in an accident caused by someone who wasn’t drunk, but was under the influence of marijuana, can I still sue them?
Yes, even though marijuana use is legal in Colorado, it is prohibited by law to be impaired by any substance in Colorado, and this is treated as the same criminal offense as drunk driving. You may file a personal injury lawsuit against them to recover compensation for your losses.
Do criminal actions against a drunk driver have to be resolved before a civil suit can be filed?
No, you can file a lawsuit against them before criminal actions are resolved. Any criminal proceedings will be entirely separate from a civil case filed by injury victims. It is important to note that even if the individual avoids a conviction or agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge, you could still recover compensation through your civil case.
Colorado Drunk Driving Stats
In Colorado, there have been some alarming trends and stats in recent years regarding the prevalence of drunk driving crashes. According to the Colorado State Patrol, figures indicate that drunk driving is one of the top three causes of fatal and injury crashes.
In 2016, there were 605 traffic deaths in Colorado, and drunk driving fatalities made up more than a fourth (27%) of them.
In 2017, the Colorado Traffic Patrol gave 4,400 citations for driving under the influence and troopers investigated 504 accidents resulting from drivers being under the influence of alcohol or drugs as of early December, according to traffic safety statistics.
Our team of experienced Denver car accident attorneys is ready to help you get the maximum compensation possible if a drunk driver injured you. We will hold those responsible accountable for their negligence while making sure your rights are always protected. Call us at (303) 331-6186 to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss how our team can help you and your family get justice.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.