Denver Drunk Driving Car Accident Attorneys
Drunk driving is a leading cause of car accidents, injuries and deaths in Colorado. In fact, at least 1 in every 3 traffic fatalities in Colorado involves a drunk driver.1
Whenever a drunk driver causes a crash, that driver – and possibly others – can be liable for the injuries, harm and damage they have caused.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a drunk driving crash, you can turn to the Denver car accident attorneys at the Law Office of James H. Guest for experienced help fighting for justice and compensation. Aggressive and relentless, we know how to protect our clients’ rights, hold drunk drivers accountable and help victims obtain financial recoveries for their medical bills, suffering and losses.
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To Learn More about Your Potential Claim in a Free Case Evaluation
Discuss your legal options during a free, no obligations consultation. In drunk driving claims, we are skilled at representing accident survivors, as well as families who have lost loved ones to deadly wrecks.
Though we fully understand that compensation cannot make up for the permanent damage caused by drunk driving accidents, we also recognize how indispensable these recoveries can be to picking up the pieces and rebuilding lives.
An Overview of the Legal Limits: What Is Drunk Driving?
State law dictates the legal limit at which a motorist is considered to be drunk. The age of a driver and the type of license (s)he holds will determine the applicable legal limit. Generally, the one of the following legal limits will apply:
- The 0.02 limit is for motorists who are younger than 21 – Colorado has Zero Tolerance Laws for minors driving under the influence of alcohol.
- The 0.04 limit applies to drivers who hold commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), like commercial truck drivers – This limit is not reserved for when CDL holders are driving commercial vehicles. It also applies when CDL holders are off duty and/or driving non-commercial vehicles.
- The 0.08 limit is for motorists who hold standard (non-commercial) driver’s licenses and who are at least 21 years old – At 0.05, however, these drivers can still be considered to be impaired, and they can be charged with driving while ability impaired (DWAI).
Drunk Driving: The Dangers & Potential Proof
When motorists make the reckless choice to get behind the wheel when they drunk, they threaten the safety of anyone sharing the roads with them. This is because drunk drivers generally experience:
- Perception problems – In addition to not seeing things in the traffic environment, drunk drivers can misinterpret the visual and auditory cues they do see or hear, like changing traffic lights or sirens.
- Impaired judgment –These impairments often contribute drunk people making the dangerous choice to drive when they should not. They can also contribute to drivers making reckless or unsafe maneuvers because they misjudge the location or speed of their car or other vehicles on the road.
- Slower response times – This can be the result of how alcohol creates perception problems, as well as difficulties coordinating movement.
Immediately after a crash, it can be unclear if drunk driving was involved. However, some possible evidence that can point to the involvement of drunk driving may include (and may not be limited to):
- Another involved motorist smelling of alcohol or slurring words
- An arrest or citation occurring right after the crash
- The BAC test results, witness statements and/or the statements of the other driver, as detailed in the police report.
Recovering from a Drunk Driving Crash: How Our Lawyers Can Help You
The attorneys at the Law Office of James H. Guest have vast experience successfully resolving various types of impaired driving claims, including (but not exclusive to) those involving:
- Marijuana impairment
- Driving under the influence of illicit drugs
- Negligent entrustment (cases against those who have allegedly enabled a drunk driver)
- Dram shop liability (cases against bars, restaurants or other establishments that have served alcohol to drunk drivers).
For these and other impaired driving claims, we can help victims obtain recoveries that include (but may not be limited to) damages for:
- Medical bills, past and future
- Lost wages
- Permanent disabilities
- Pain and suffering.
Whether you or a family member was injured by a drunk driver, we understand the hardships you are facing, including the anger and lingering questions. We will do everything in our power to help you achieve a favorable legal outcome and to punish the drunk driver – and any other negligent parties – for the harm they have caused you.
Contact a Denver Car Accident Lawyer at the Law Office of James H. Guest, LLC
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving wreck, contact a Denver car accident lawyer at the Law Office of James H. Guest, LLC for experienced help navigating the recovery process.
Call (303) 625-6832 or email our firm for a free consultation and important answers regarding your legal recovery options. You are not obligated to retain us by taking the opportunity to learn more about your potential claim in a free consultation. We do not charge any fees for our services if there is no recovery in your case.
Known for providing comprehensive legal representation to the victims of negligence, our attorneys are dedicated to helping injured people and families secure the compensation and justice to which they are entitled.
1: According to findings from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)