Even though drunk driving is illegal and dangerous, people still get behind the wheel while intoxicated, often with devastating consequences. A collision caused by a drunk driver may lead to life-threatening injuries and even death for a driver and passengers in another vehicle and for pedestrians.
If you were hurt by a drunk driver, you might be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. A Colorado Springs drunk driving accident lawyer may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who drove while intoxicated and injured you. Under some circumstances, we may also be able to sue the person or business who served alcohol to the driver.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has represented clients across the United States who were injured by drunk drivers. Call our office today at (800) 598-7557 to discuss your case with a member of our team.
Liability for a Drunk Driving Accident in Colorado
If the person who hit you and caused your injuries was intoxicated, an attorney might be able to sue that individual on your behalf and seek a financial award. Under Colorado’s dram shop law, Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) § 12-47-801, you may also be able to file a lawsuit against the business or social host who served alcohol to the person who drove while drunk and caused the accident.
An individual who is licensed to sell alcohol, and people who work for the licensee, may be held liable for the accident if they served alcohol to someone under the age of 21. A licensee or employee may also be found liable if he or she continued to serve alcohol to someone who was visibly intoxicated.
If the driver who hit you got drunk at a social gathering, the person who hosted the event may be found liable for the crash if they served alcohol to a person under the age of 21 or knowingly provided a place where a minor could consume alcohol. The person who hosted the gathering may not be held liable if a person 21 or older got drunk and then caused the collision.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving Colorado Springs, call (800) 598-7557
How an Attorney Can Help You Seek Compensation
A Colorado Springs drunk driving accident lawyer may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against one or more individuals, depending on the circumstances. If it is not clear where the drunk driver obtained alcohol and became intoxicated, our team can investigate. We can review statements that the driver and his or her passengers made to police after the crash. We can also speak with other people who know the driver to learn more about his or her actions prior to the collision.
If we find that the person who hit you visited a bar or a nightclub or attended a party, we can interview others who attended to gather more information. For example, if the driver became intoxicated at a place of business, witnesses may have seen the individual stumbling, falling down, or slurring their words. If witnesses saw the bartender continue to serve the person alcohol after they were clearly intoxicated, the establishment may be held liable for the accident, and you may be able to seek compensation from the business, in addition to the driver.
If the person who hit you was under the age of 21, a business that served them alcohol might be held liable. If the person attended a party and was served or was allowed to consume alcohol, the host may be found liable.
Once we have gathered enough information to paint a clear picture of what happened, the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party or parties. We may seek a financial award to compensate you for medical bills for treatment you have already received.
If you need additional care, such as chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, or care from an in-home aide, we can estimate how much that will cost and seek compensation for those anticipated expenses.
If your injuries caused you to miss work, we might be able to pursue a financial award to compensate you for your lost income. If you will be unable to go back to work because of a permanent disability, or if you will only be able to work limited hours, we may be able to seek compensation for your reduced earning capacity.
The physical pain of your injuries, the inability to work and enjoy hobbies, the financial stress caused by being out of work and falling behind on bills, and worries about the future can take an incredible toll. You may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced and will continue to endure in the future due to the accident.
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How Long You Have to File a Lawsuit
Under most circumstances, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is three years, according to CRS § 13-80-101. If you do not meet the relevant deadline, you may lose out on the right to seek compensation.
If the driver became drunk at a business, or if a social host served alcohol to a minor, that information may not be available right away. Our team may only learn how the person who hit you became intoxicated after we begin to investigate. It may be in your best interest to call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, as soon as possible so we can begin to investigate and have enough time to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact the Office of a Colorado Springs Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
If you were seriously injured in a car crash, and the driver who hit you was drunk, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the driver and possibly from the person or business that furnished the individual with alcohol.
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can identify all parties who may be liable and seek justice for you. Call us today at (800) 598-7557 to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.