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Accidents Caused by DUI Drivers

In 2008 alone, 37 percent of more than 37,000 U.S. traffic fatalities were alcohol-related. Colorado followed the national trend, with 37 percent of its 548 traffic fatalities caused by alcohol, and a 32 percent incidence of driver blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Protecting yourself from DUI accidents

It may be impossible to totally avoid an encounter on the road with a drunk driver, but you can take certain defensive actions to reduce your risk:

  • Do not drink and drive: It is important to realize that many factors contribute to your inability to drive-even after a single drink. The simple solution is to treat drinking and driving as completely independent activities. If you do one, do not do the other.
  • Remain watchful of other vehicles on the road: Operate under the assumption that any vehicle that is speeding or swerving within its lane or between lanes may be a sign of a drunk driver and is a danger to you and your passengers. Even if you have to pull over, maintain a safe distance behind these vehicles.
  • Be aware of the risks of late-night and holiday driving: You cannot totally avoid driving during high-risk periods, such as late at night and particularly holidays such as New Year's Eve. But be extra vigilant when driving at these times.

DUI accidents present some unique legal issues

Anyone injured in a DUI accident needs skilled legal support to deal with a number of specialized issues:

  • DUI is both a criminal and civil law issue: Victims in drunk driving accidents typically file a civil suit against the liable party, who is likely to be facing criminal charges as well. Retaining an attorney from PURVIS • Gray Thomson, LLP can play a critical role in helping injury victims pursue compensation in court or through other legal means. And we may also be able to help you recover some of your damages within state compensation and victim assistance programs in the event the drunk driver does not carry state required liability insurance.
  • Liability may extend beyond the driver: The drunk driver may not be the only party liable for drunk driving accident injuries-an experienced car accident lawyer from PURVIS • Gray Thomson, LLP can help determine if the party who supplied the liquor can be held liable as well.
  • Punitive damages are possible: Drunk driving is taken seriously throughout the country. When an out-of-court settlement may be a reasonable option, an attorney may recommend taking the case before a jury, which is likely to award generous punitive damages due to seriousness of drunk driving situations.

At some point in their lives, an estimated 30 percent of Americans can expect to be a victim in an alcohol-related accident. These legal cases can be especially complex for victims who need to seek full and fair compensation for their injuries-they need legal assistance from attorneys with specific experience in this complicated area of personal injury law. A skilled car accident lawyer from PURVIS • Gray Thomson, LLP can help you understand your rights, and we present all available options to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Contact an experienced Colorado car accident attorney

If you are involved in an auto accident, do not wait to get help from an experienced attorney at PURVIS • Gray Thomson, LLP in Boulder and Denver. We operate on a contingent fee basis-we are paid a percentage of the recovery only when we win a case. Contact us immediately at 303-442-3366 or  submit a contact web form.