Drunk Driving Accidents
How a Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
Drunk driving is the largest contributing factor in avoidable traffic fatalities
in the state of Colorado. Drivers who get behind the wheel of a car after
drinking place other drivers and passengers on the road at serious risk.
While drunk drivers can face criminal penalties and lose their license
as a consequence of drinking and driving, victims of these accidents have
the right to bring civil claims against these drivers for their gross
negligence. By contacting a
Colorado Springs car accident attorney from our firm, you can learn of your rights as a DUI accident victim.
Statistics on Alcohol-Related Driving Accidents
One of the major
causes of car accidents is drunk driving. The most recent alcohol-impaired driving statistics
from Colorado indicate that more than 100 people are killed annually because
of drunk drivers, which makes up 30 to 40 percent of total traffic fatalities.
A large number of these alcohol-related traffic fatalities were caused
by drivers under the legal drinking age. Many people die and even more
Colorado residents are injured every year because of willful acts of negligence
like drinking and driving. Other drunk driving statistics indicate that:
- A large majority of DUI-caused fatalities were by drivers with a blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 percent or higher.
- Approximately 87 percent of the higher-BAC drivers that cause fatalities
are repeat offenders.
- In 2011, 367 drivers under the age of 18 were arrested for DUI and more
than 27,000 total drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.
- El Paso County has the second-highest annual motor vehicle accident rate
How much is my DUI accident claim worth?
If you or someone you love has been involved in a
car accident with a drunk driver, you may be wondering how much your claim is worth.
In addition to the money that the at-fault driver's insurance company
can provide, you may be entitled to additional compensation.
personal injury lawyers
can consider when estimating the value of your claim include:
- The severity of the accident
- The at-fault drivers record (ex: prior DUI offenses)
- The extent of your injuries and cost of treatment (past and future)
- The damage to your vehicle
- The wages you lost from missing work
- The loss of potential earnings if you are disabled
- The emotional trauma following the accident
- Reduced quality of life
In Colorado, drivers are required to carry at least the minimum auto insurance
coverage. According to the Colorado Division of Insurance, all drivers
are required to carry at least $25,000 per person for bodily injury, at
least $50,000 per accident for bodily injury and a minimum of $15,000
per accident for property damage. The drunk driver will likely be 100
percent at fault for the accident, which means that you as the victim
can recover up to the amount that their policy includes.
What is unique about drunk driving accidents is that they are often much
more severe than other traffic collisions and are caused by an act of
willful disregard for the safety of others. Drunk driving is not an accident
- it is a choice. Because of this, our car accident lawyers may be able
to file an additional claim for compensation such as pain and suffering,
loss of enjoyment of life (for debilitating injuries) and psychological
trauma such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Contact a Colorado Springs Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in a serious DUI accident, or you tragically
lost a loved one because of a drunk driver, please do not hesitate to
contact our personal injury attorneys. At Clawson & Clawson, LLP,
our job is to advocate on behalf of accident victims so they can recover
the compensation they both need and deserve.