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Denver Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
We Are Backed By Nearly 40 Years of Experience
Drunk driving is a major cause of traffic fatalities throughout the country. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s data, 40% of all fatal crashes in 2018 were caused by a drunk or impaired driver, with 29 of these fatalities occurring in Denver alone. If you or someone you care about was injured in a drunk driving accident, you might be entitled to a legal remedy. As a result, you should seek the advice of an experienced Denver drunk driving accident lawyer.
At Springer & Steinberg, P.C., we have nearly 40 years of experience with personal injury litigation, including cases that involve severe injuries resulting from drunk driving accidents. You should not have to shoulder the burden of recovering from potentially life-changing injuries alone, especially if the law allows you to recover damages from the at-fault driver. We are dedicated to advocating for your right to receive monetary compensation for your losses.
DUI Cases in Colorado
In Colorado, drunk driving is an incredibly serious criminal offense. For many individuals, even just one or two drinks can cause a blood alcohol level that exceeds state limits.
According to CO DUI laws, you can be charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) if your blood alcohol level is at or above .08%. Additionally, a blood alcohol content of .05% can lead to a charge of DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired). And even if your blood alcohol level is below .05%, you can still be arrested for DUI if a police officer observes signs of impairment.
Colorado enforces strict penalties for a criminal conviction in a DUI case. But in addition to criminal charges, the at-fault driver can also be liable in a civil lawsuit. Your Denver drunk driving accident lawyer can help you seek compensatory and punitive damages from the drunk driver or their insurance company.
Investigating the Drunk Driver
An investigation is one of the most important components of a DUI civil case, requiring a Denver drunk driving lawyer that can effectively navigate the legal process.
The Springer & Steinberg legal team has extensive experience in DUI cases in Colorado, and we take a highly organized approach to gathering and preserving key evidence. We will assemble and evaluate important pieces of evidence, including:
- The at-fault driver’s criminal history and driving record to pinpoint any past traffic violations and DUIs
- Evidence from the DUI criminal case, such as:
- Blood alcohol levels
- Results of field sobriety testing
- Witness statements
- Police reports/officer statements
- Video surveillance
Because evidence can be easily lost or destroyed, it is imperative that you act quickly to contact one of our experienced lawyers.
The Dangers of Drinking and Driving in Colorado
According to information from CDOT, almost 40% of all traffic accident fatalities involved an impaired driver. And since 2019, the number of fatalities involving impaired driving has increased by approximately 44% (CDOT). Even more alarming, across the U.S., drunk driving kills one person every 45 minutes (NHTSA).
Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can impair a driver, resulting in poor judgment, decreased coordination and reaction times, and reduced concentration. Unfortunately, far too many people overestimate their driving ability after a few drinks – and many assume they are well below the legal limit because they “feel fine.” However, even the best intentions do not make the effects of a drunk driver’s actions any less serious for the accident victims.
Denver Drunk Driving Can Result in Serious Injuries
Victims of a drunk driving collision can experience a wide range of major injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Chest injuries
- Burn injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Loss of limb
- Organ damage
- Chronic pain long after the accident
- Traumatic brain injuries
The consequences of a DUI crash affect the victim for months or even years afterward. Contacting a Denver DUI attorney is critical if you have been involved in a drunk driving accident. We can help you prepare for the potential financial, physical, and emotional implications of today and tomorrow.
How the Driver’s Criminal DUI Charge Affects Your Claim
Typically, the victim of a standard car accident can file a personal injury lawsuit immediately after the accident, which enables the victim to quickly pursue damages related to property damage, medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, filing a civil lawsuit related to a Denver drunk driving accident can be far more complex.
Because impaired driving is considered a criminal offense, the at-fault driver will generally face charges in a criminal court. For the victim, this can mean waiting months for the criminal case to conclude before they can file their own personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, the criminal case legal fees incurred by the driver can reduce their resources, making it more difficult for the victim to receive rightful compensation in a later case.
Springer & Steinberg takes a proactive approach to protect your rights in a DUI personal injury case. Your Denver DUI accident attorney will act quickly.
Denver Drunk Driving Accident Compensation
Under Colorado law, an injured plaintiff can recover monetary damages for losses that arise from injuries the defendant negligently or wrongfully caused.
Springer & Steinberg, P.C. can help you recover financial compensation for expenses and damages stemming from your injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Physical therapy
- Medication and medical supplies
- Lost earnings
- Loss of earning potential
- Property damage
- Emotional trauma
- Funeral costs and loss of companionship (wrongful death)
We Fight for Compensatory and Punitive Damages
Springer & Steinberg advocates for our clients to receive maximum compensation, including compensatory and punitive damages.
- Compensatory damages are intended to cover the cost (both monetary and non-monetary) of the accident, including:
- Medical bills
- Emotional trauma
- Wrongful death
- Permanent disability
- Lost wages or lost earning potential
- Property damage
- Punitive damages serve as a penalty for the driver’s reckless and criminal behavior. For the victim, these damages can significantly contribute to the total amount of compensation recovered.
Most insurance companies provide coverage for compensatory damages, but punitive damages are often not included. However, making a strong case for punitive damages can still be extremely beneficial. A skilled accident attorney, such as the professionals at Springer & Steinberg, can implement a tailored strategy to pursue punitive damages, leading to a better settlement for the victim.
We understand that no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one or a life-changing injury. However, our goal is to help reduce the burden as much as possible. By seeking maximum compensation on your behalf, we can make it possible for you to get back on your feet and begin moving forward
Contact Our Denver Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Today For A Free Consultation
Springer & Steinberg, P.C. has brought in hundreds of millions of dollars for those who have been injured or lost loved ones in auto accidents. Our specialized attorneys have been practicing in this field of law for over 40 years. Every type of car accident case, small and large, has come through our law firm. We represent individuals from communities throughout Colorado including Douglas, Arapahoe, Jefferson and Denver Counties.
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