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If you or a loved one sustained serious injuries in a DUI accident, you deserve compensation for your losses. You may have the right to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

On the streets and roadways of Denver, drivers face an ever-present risk of being injured in a car accident caused by a drunk or impaired driver.  Not only can impaired drivers injure or kill themselves in crash but, frequently, they involve other drivers in vehicle collisions, causing property damage, injuries or even death. After a car crash involving a drunk driver, it is important that you obtain medical care and take steps to protect your legal rights.

Obtaining compensation for your injuries can present a challenge, especially if you attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance company. However, with the assistance of a Denver DUI accident lawyer, you can better prepare to fight for – and recover – the financial compensation you deserve.

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Denver DUI Accident Statistics

To see just how common drinking and driving is in our city, take a look at the Denver DUI accident statistics published regularly by the Denver Post. Despite the 2015 passage of stringent felony DUI laws, this safety threat does not appear to be improving.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CODOT) reports that a third of our state’s traffic fatalities involve alcohol or drugs. In 2019, 14 people died in DUI accidents in Denver alone.

Although injury accidents can occur for any number of reasons, one of the most common causes is impaired drivers. No matter how careful you might be on the road, you can’t predict or control how a drunk driver might affect you.

You can sustain catastrophic or life-threatening injuries in a DUI accident under any of the following circumstances:

  • You were a passenger in the impaired driver’s vehicle,
  • You were the driver or passenger in another vehicle,
  • You were a motorcycle rider or passenger, or
  • You were a pedestrian.

No matter what the circumstances of DUI injury accident might have been, you may have a viable legal claim. Consulting a DUI accident lawyer can help you determine your options and how best you can pursue compensation for your damages.

 

Pursuing a Denver DUI Accident Claim

If an impaired driver caused your accident and subsequent injuries, you deserve justice and fair financial compensation.

In most cases, you can pursue a legal claim through the at-fault party’s insurance company. Insurers are typically willing to negotiate a settlement for DUI injury accidents, especially if the at-fault party was charged with impaired driving.

Settling their claim out of court is preferable for most victims. This gets a settlement check into your hands as quickly as possible and saves you the time, hassle and cost of going to court.

If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, you also have the option of pursuing your case through a civil lawsuit. Your personal injury attorney can explain your options and help you make the right decision for your future.

 

Determining Fault for a DUI Accident

When a drunk driver causes a vehicle crash or pedestrian accident, fault generally falls to the impaired driver under a legal concept known as no-doubt liability. In most DUI accident cases, providing that the driver was at fault isn’t as difficult as it can be for other types of car accidents – especially if the driver was charged.

What you may not realize is that, if the drunk driver had been served in a bar, restaurant or nightclub, you might also have the ability to pursue a claim against the establishment. Colorado’s dram shop laws allow DUI accident victims to pursue legal action against businesses who overserve an individual and let them drive away.

Discuss the details of your case with an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer to determine the best approach for you. Your attorney can review the details of your accident and recommend the best course of action to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

How a DUI Accident Attorney Can Help You

When you have an experienced drunk driving injury lawyer from the Law Offices of John D. Halepaska on your side, you will have a compassionate advocate fighting for your legal rights.

Some of the benefits of having a DUI accident lawyer on your side include:

Investigating Your Claim

When you give us the go-ahead, we will put out extensive network of resources to work on your behalf. We will investigate your case to identify the party or parties responsible for your accident and injuries.

Documenting Your Case

Through our investigation, we will obtain critical evidence and documentation to demonstrate fault and establish liability. A well-documented case is the basis of a strong legal claim and will help us recover the maximum compensation for your.

Negotiating with the Insurance Company

Once we have your claim prepared, we will present it with a demand to the at-fault party’s insurance company. We will push the insurance company to negotiate in good faith until we reach a reasonable offer of settlement.

Providing Proactive Communication

You should never be left feeling out-of-touch about your case. We provide regular updates and keep you apprised of key milestones and developments in your case. When you need us, we’re never more than a phone call away.

Protecting Your Legal Rights

If you were wrongfully injured, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages. We protect you from the insurance company, other attorneys or anyone who would try to prevent you from getting the justice and compensation you deserve.

Throughout the legal process, your attorney will be by your side, answering your questions and providing the information you need. If you lost a loved one in a DUI accident in Denver, we can also assist you with a Colorado wrongful death claim. You may have the right to recover compensation for burial and funeral costs, pain and suffering, loss of services and consortium, and more.

Calculating the Value of Your DUI Accident Claim

To determine the value of your injury accident claim, your attorney will identify all of your economic and non-economic damages. Your legal team will document your losses thoroughly, to ensure you get the maximum possible compensation.

Although the value of your claim will depend on the specific details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for some or all of the following:

  • Emergency medical transport and treatment,
  • Physician and surgeon bills,
  • Hospital stays,
  • Surgery costs,
  • Medical testing,
  • Prescription medications,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Assistive devices,
  • Lost wages,
  • Lost benefits,
  • Pain and suffering, and
  • Emotional trauma.

If you cannot return to work for a period of time, or if you need ongoing medical treatment or care, your attorney may include the following as a part of your claim’s value:

  • Estimated future medical care and treatment costs,
  • Estimated future lost income, benefits and opportunities,
  • Diminished earning capacity, and
  • Diminished quality of life.

If you sustained any permanent injuries, scarring or disfigurement, your attorney can calculate the value of those losses and include those as a part of your claim.

 

Talk to a Denver DUI Accidents Lawyer Today

Time is of the essence if you were injured by a drunk driver. The sooner your attorney can get started on your case, the better. Witness memories fade, evidence can be lost and your chance of building a persuasive claim can diminish.

At the Law Offices of John D. Halepaska, we are committed to assisting the wrongly injured get the justice and compensation they deserve. You do not have to face this challenge on your own. Call us now at 303-228-7179 or contact us today to schedule your consultation with a Denver DUI accident lawyer.

FAQ

Do I Have a Valid DUI Accident Injury Case?

If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could have a valid DUI accident claim. The only way to know for sure is to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Take advantage of the no-cost consultation offered by the Law Offices of John D. Halepaska to learn more about whether you may have a viable claim to recover compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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How Much Will A DUI Injury Accident Lawyer Cost Me?

Most personal injury lawyers provide a free consultation and case evaluation. This lets you explore your options without obligating yourself to any specific course of action. When you find an attorney who is a good fit for you, you can ask about the firm’s fee structure.

Most DUI accident lawyers will accept your case with no money out of pocket. This means that you pay no legal fees whatsoever until and unless your attorney recovers compensation for your damages.

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In most cases? What are the exceptions?

In high risk or complex cases we may agree with you from the outset that a success fee of up to 25% may be charged. This will not be payable if your claim is unsuccessful.

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Will I have to go to court?

Probably not. Most cases settle. We often need to issue court proceedings to move matters along but it is rare for a case to go all the way to trial.

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What Is the Average DUI Accident Settlement Value in Denver?

DUI accidents can range in severity from mild to catastrophic. Consequently, it is virtually impossible to estimate the average claim or settlement amount.

Your case will also be unique and your damages specific to the nature and extent of your injuries. You might see Colorado DUI accident settlement calculators online, but most personal injury lawyers advise against taking these sites too seriously. In most cases, you must provide your personal information to use settlement calculators. As a result, you could be the recipient of telemarketers or email solicitations.

 

For an accurate estimate of your claims value, take to a car accident attorney. After evaluating the details of your case, a lawyer can provide you with an informed opinion of your potential settlement value.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for a Drunk Driving Injury?

The Colorado statute of limitations restricts the time you have to file a lawsuit for a DUI accident to three years from the date of a car accident. Having a DUI injury lawyer helps ensure that you don’t compromise your right to recover compensation from the at-fault party.

For a wrongful death DUI accident claim, you only have two years from the date of the victim’s death to bring legal action.

Some factors can affect how the statute of limitations applies to your case. Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident, to retain your right to recover compensation.

 

For an accurate estimate of your claims value, take to a car accident attorney. After evaluating the details of your case, a lawyer can provide you with an informed opinion of your potential settlement value.

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Do I Have to Use an Attorney for a DUI Accident Claim?

In Colorado, you are not required to have an attorney to pursue an insurance claim or to file a civil lawsuit. However, unless you have an extensive knowledge of Colorado laws and legal procedure, you might struggle to navigate this complex area of the law.

By having an attorney on your side, you can focus on your health and recover why your lawyer handles every aspect of your case.

 

For an accurate estimate of your claims value, take to a car accident attorney. After evaluating the details of your case, a lawyer can provide you with an informed opinion of your potential settlement value.

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How Does a Car Accident Lawyer Prove Fault for a DUI Injury?

In any personal injury case, including DUI accidents and injuries, an attorney must demonstrate four key elements.

  1. Duty of Care – the at-fault party owed you a duty to act in a reasonable manner, to ensure that you were not subjected to possible harm.
  2. Breach of Duty – the at-fault party acted in some way – with negligence, recklessness, carelessness, etc. – that breached their duty of care and put you unreasonably in harm’s way.
  3. Causation – the at-fault party’s actions directly caused your DUI accident and subsequent injuries, making them liable for your damages.
  4. Actual Damages – you sustained actual (demonstrable) damages as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence

The information and evidence your attorney uses to prove liability will depend on the details of your case.

 

For an accurate estimate of your claims value, take to a car accident attorney. After evaluating the details of your case, a lawyer can provide you with an informed opinion of your potential settlement value.

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Alcohol is among many of the substances that someone can be charged with in a DUI accident. Though other drugs can cause serious accidents due to impairment, alcohol is the leading cause of DUI-related accidents. You could be the most cautious driver on the roads, but when someone makes the choice to get into a car after consuming alcohol, they put everyone at risk of being involved in an accident that could cause serious injury or even death. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving drugs or alcohol, contact us immediately to speak to an attorney at Halepaska Law.

In the state of Colorado the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .05. If you are not of legal age to drink the limit is much lower. Regardless of the laws, every day people get into their vehicle and drive after consuming alcohol. When someone makes this choice, it is the hope of everyone on the road that they are intercepted by authorities and charged with DUI before they injure someone in an accident, but of course, this is not always the case. Too many times an impaired motorist makes several bad choices and ends up changing someone’s life for the worse, or even ending their life. When this is the case, the victim or victim’s family need representation to make sure justice is served.

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If you or someone you know has been involved in a DUI-related accident and has suffered serious injuries or  death, then please call Halepaska Law.

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