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Drunk Driving Accidents in Colorado
Drunk driving is one of the most common and dangerous causes of car accidents in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost one in three traffic fatalities involves a drunk driver. The CDC also notes that between 2003 and 2012, 1,702 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Colorado. That’s almost 2000 deaths that could have been prevented.
Unfortunately, millions of people continue to get behind the wheel of a car while drunk every year—and while not all of them cause accidents, the ones who do have to deal with serious consequences. Drunk driving accidents often cause serious injuries if not death—and, more often than not, the victims are people other than the drunk driver.
At The Law Offices of Edward Smith, we handle drunk driving accident cases with the seriousness they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, we will aggressively pursue your right to damages and make sure the at-fault driver is held accountable for their actions. Our Longmont drunk driving accident lawyer Edward Smith will not rest until you have received the just compensation you deserve.
What to Do After an Accident with a Intoxicated Driver
Being in any car accident can be an immensely painful and traumatic experience—trying to deal with the immediate aftermath of an accident while the other party is intoxicated can be extra frustrating and devastating. The best thing to do is to immediately call the police. If the at-fault driver is intoxicated, that can have an impact on your case and getting the police involved is critically important.
If you or another person has been seriously injured, the first thing to do after an accident is to seek medical attention. Even if you feel unhurt, you should visit a doctor as soon possible anyway—a medical professional might pick up on brain trauma or another injury that might not have manifested itself until days or weeks later.
Once everyone is confirmed as safe, do the following:
Take detailed pictures of the crash scene, noting the weather, property damage, injuries, road layout, and anything else that might help show what caused the accident and the results
Identify any witnesses and take down their contact information in case you need to interview them later
Contact the police to file an accident report and inform them the at-fault driver appears to be intoxicated
Under no circumstances should you speak to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Even if it’s obvious the accident was their fault due to their drinking, their insurance company will still attempt to use anything you say against you.
How Criminal Charges Could Affect the Claim Process
While most personal injury claims fall entirely under civil law matters, on rare occasions criminal charges may factor in as well. One of the most unique facets of DUI accident cases from a personal injury standpoint is that drunk driving accident claims regularly involve criminal charges, so the plaintiff may be eligible for punitive damages. Punitive damages punish an individual who caused an accident though particularly reckless or criminal behavior. Though punitive damages will not apply in every claim, if we can pursue them on your behalf, we will.
What If the Driver Who Hit Me Was High on Drugs?
Though we tend to associate DUIs with alcohol alone, because “DUI” stands for “driving under the influence,” this charge also applies to anyone arrested for driving while high on drugs, illicit or otherwise. Since marijuana has become legal in Colorado, there has been an increase in the number of crashes caused by someone high on the drug—although, the findings correlating marijuana use with traffic accidents and fatalities are short of definitive. Regardless, it is important to note that driving while high on marijuana, cocaine, opioids, or any other illicit or prescription drug is immensely dangerous, and charges can be brought against those who cause accidents.
Call The Law Offices of Edward Smith Today
Attorney Edward Smith has represented accident victims across Colorado for 30 years. By providing personalized attention to each client and working on cases with their input, we are able to handle claims in the manner that best benefits our clients’ individual needs and situations. We are always available and accessible and will keep in touch with you through every phase of your case. Meanwhile, we will take care of important legal issues on your behalf so you can dedicate more focus on recovering from your injuries.