Drunk Driving Victims

Personal Injury Cases Resulting from Drunk Driving Accidents

Colorado law treats drinking and driving accidents different than any other accident. If you are the victim of a drunk driver or believe that drinking and driving might have been involved in an accident you were involved with, you should contact an attorney immediately. In Colorado, prosecution and victims of drunk driving are treated differently than other states. There is a lower bar for getting convicted of a Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) offense than a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge. The presumption that someone has committed DWAI is that someone was above a 0.05 blood alcohol level.

Often times a drunk driving accident will result in a personal injury claim that will coincide with a criminal prosecution of the driver. The criminal penalties that a driver faces are a separate process from the personal injury claim, but both sides affect each other. Having an attorney that understands both sides of the process is crucial. It’s important to have an attorney that can coordinate the protection the civil personal injury claim while the criminal process unfolds.

The Penalties for Drunk Drivers

On the criminal side, drunk drivers face possible jail or prison time, fines, alcohol and drug treatment, community service, drunk driving classes, and possible legal bills.

On the civil side, you can sue a drunk driver for punitive damages as well as medical and economic damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the drunk driver for their willful, wanton, and reckless behavior. It is also possible to go after other parties, such as the bar who served the drunk driver or any other party that might be responsible for the driver.

At Kalamaya | Goscha, we have extensive experience representing victims of drunk driving. Please contact us if you have recently been injured by a drunk driver. We aggressively pursue claims against drunk drivers responsible for serious injuries and death.