In Colorado, it is illegal to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol—and for good reason. Alcohol impairs many of the functions necessary to drive safely, and collisions with drunk drivers often result in devastating, catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Unfortunately, many Boulder residents encounter intoxicated drivers on the road, leading to serious accidents.
If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident in Boulder, the Boulder drunk driving accident attorneys at Purvis Thomson, LLP can help. We can represent you in an insurance claim or lawsuit against the intoxicated driver, holding him or her accountable for your losses.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 28 people in the United States die every day in alcohol-involved car accidents. In 2019 alone, 10,142 people lost their lives due to drunk drivers—and thousands more sustained injuries due to this grossly negligent act.
Alcohol impairs brain function, which affects many of the skills necessary for driving, such as concentration, judgement, motor skills, and coordination. Even just a small amount of alcohol can impact a driver’s ability to react to hazards, focus on the road, or maintain his or her position in a lane. As a result, drunk drivers are highly likely to cause an accident.
Drunk driving can lead to serious injuries that require long-term care, including the following.
Under Colorado law, drivers have a duty to follow all traffic laws and to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. Any driver who breaches this duty of care and causes an accident is financially responsible for any damages sustained by his or her victims. Since drunk driving is an illegal act, you have the right to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against an intoxicated driver.
You can file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the drunk driver even if there is a criminal case against him or her. Since civil and criminal claims follow two different processes, you have the right to pursue both avenues of legal action over the same accident. While a criminal case is intended to punish the driver for his or her actions, the purpose of a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim is to help you recover compensation for your losses.
Damages available to Boulder drunk driving victims include:
Are you the victim of a Boulder drunk driving accident? The Boulder drunk driving accident attorneys at Purvis Thomson, LLP can help you hold the at-fault driver accountable for his or her actions. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your path to recovery.