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Driving under influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI) and driving while ability impaired (DWAI) are offenses committed when a driver operates a vehicle after the consumption of alcohol or drugs or other intoxicants. DWI/DUI and DWAI accident cases are largely the same as regular accident cases, but there are some differences worth understanding that may impact how your case should be handled and what the value of the case might be.
If it is clear that the drunk driver caused your injuries or the death of your loved one, you may be able to sue for such damages as medical bills, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more.
About Drunk Driving Accidents
About 20 percent of Americans ages 16 and older say that, in the past year, they have driven a vehicle within two hours of consuming alcohol or other intoxicating substances, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. And about two-thirds of them said they have done so in the previous month.
Alcohol is involved in about one-third of all traffic accidents that result in injury. Common injuries resulting from drunk driving accidents include:
- Broken bones;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Leg and knee injuries;
- Neck injuries;
- Chest injuries; and
- Brain injuries
Colorado has two levels of alcohol-related driving offenses: driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while ability impaired (DWAI). Both are based on the measurement of blood alcohol concentration in the body.
Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level above 0.08% is illegal in the state of Colorado and amounts to a DUI. Driving with a BAC level above 0.05% but less than 0.08% is also illegal in the state of Colorado and amounts to a DWAI.
While there are criminal penalties for drunk driving, there are also possible civil remedies, such as financial compensation, including punitive damages, from the responsible party.
Is My Case Worth More If I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver?
This can be a difficult question to answer, but the simplest answer is, possibly.
Under Colorado law, victims of drunk driving accidents may pursue civil claims stemming from the negligence of drunk drivers. Victims have the right to sue for punitive damages.
In some cases, the people or businesses who served alcohol to a drunk driver may also be legally responsible for damages caused by the drunk driver. These are called dram shop cases. Colorado law permits victims to sue those parties responsible for contributing to drunk driving accidents.
OUR DENVER CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS CAN HELP
At Zinda Law Group, our Denver car accident attorneys have helped thousands of victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest claim possible and pursue maximum compensation for hospital bills, future medical costs, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more.
Our personal injury lawyers also believe a drunk driving victim should never have to worry about being able to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you have been injured in a car accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers in Denver.
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