Drunk driving accidents are all too common, especially in the Centennial State. These accidents can be especially tragic since they’re so preventable…both the physical and emotional toll DUI accidents cause cannot be expressed in a dollar amount, at least in any true sense.
Nevertheless, if you or a loved one were injured by a drunk driver, there will be medical and other financial costs that you will have to face, possibly for many years.
Attorney R. Mack Babcock and associates at the Babcock Law Firm possess extensive experience in helping DUI accident victims obtain their rightful compensation. Not only do we understand the disastrous impacts a car accident of this nature brings, we also have a special understanding on how insurance companies typically approach situations like this.
In many cases, the insurance company will try and settle a case early in the process in an attempt to avoid future expenses that are likely to come up.
It’s certainly possible, and quite common in fact, that symptoms caused by the accident can take years to appear. It’s also common for physical therapy, rehabilitation and lost wage costs to persist for years after a DUI accident as well.
Besides recouping these costs through a settlement though, Colorado courts, by default, can award punitive damages for pain and suffering in DUI accident cases. Punitive damages are imposed separately and are intended to deter future drunk driving on the part of the defendant.
In addition to these civil proceedings, the offending driver will most likely need to answer for criminal charges as well, especially if their actions led to a fatality. In the civil proceedings, the case becomes a wrongful death suit if there is a fatality.
According to figures from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, there was an average of just over 31,000 arrests for driving under the influence each year from 2005 to 2007. Incredibly, over 1/3 of these arrests were for 2nd time offenders.
Colorado is in fact one of only four states where multiple DUI charges does not necessarily translate into a felony. To compare, other states impose a felony conviction and prison term after the third DUI conviction. Unfortunately, many DUI-related accidents that occur are caused by drivers with a prior record for drunk driving.
Regardless of how many arrests a driver has though, you do have rights as a victim of another driver’s carelessness.
To discuss these rights and to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your medical costs, property damage, lost wages or a loved one’s final expenses, contact Denver DUI accident attorney R. Mack Babcock and associates at the Babcock Law Firm today.
And if you notice another driver that’s driving erratically and appears to be intoxicated, contact the local police or the Colorado State Patrol immediately. You could very well be saving a life, including the offending driver’s.