Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Drunk Driving – A Serious Crime
The numbers on drunken driving accidents are sobering. According to Mothers against Drunk Driving, every 45 minutes an innocent person is killed by a drunk driver. Four people under the age of 21 die every day in drunk driver accidents. Nearly 5 million Americans go to the emergency room each year for treatment related to alcohol impairment with a cost of over $230 million. Recent statistics by the National Traffic Safety Administration report that over 500 people were killed in the state of Colorado by drunk drivers, with many others left with long term injuries that will change their lives forever.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, every day nearly 30 people in the United States die in an auto accident that involves an alcohol-impaired driver. This figure amounts to one death every 48 minutes, with the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totaling over $51 billion dollars. While the total number of drunk driving accidents has actually decreased in recent years thanks to public awareness campaigns about the problem, and criminal and administrative consequences (e.g. driver’s license suspensions), drunk driving still remains a major public health concern.
In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-related car accidents, representing one-third or 31% of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. (NHTSA)
In 2010, of the 1,210 traffic-related deaths in children ages 0 to 14 years, 211 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver. (NHTSA)
In 2010, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; that represents just 1 percent of the 112 million American adults who claim to have driven while under the influence of alcohol every year. (Reported by the CDC)
Colorado hands out tough sentences on drunk drivers. Unfortunately, these tough penalties have not deterred those who have made the decision to drive under the influence of alcohol from seriously injuring or killing innocent drivers, pedestrians or passengers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact a Denver car accident lawyer from the Colt Law Firm, P.C. We will aggressively pursue all possible legal remedies on your behalf against those who have been negligent and caused harm to you or caused the wrongful death a loved one.
Strong Trial Representation in Drunk Driving Accidents
In many instances, in drunken driving lawsuits in which a person has been injured or disabled or a loved one has been killed, the settlement is not commensurate with the injuries received. Our firm will fight for the full compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries.
In Colorado you have the right to seek punitive damages over and above the damages that compensated you for the harm you were caused by the drunk driver. We will pursue these punitive damages in your case. We will also do a complete investigation of your case and if there are other parties that are legally liable for your injuries, such as a bar or restaurant that sold the alcohol to the drunk driver who injured you, we will go after them as well. Contact a Denver drunk driving accident lawyer today for a free initial consultation.