Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Longmont
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.
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 Ed Smith will not rest until you have received
the just compensation you deserve.
What to Do After an Accident with a Drunk 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.
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.
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