Denver Drunk Driving Accident Victim Lawyers
Drunk drivers have been plaguing this country since cars were first invented. Sadly, despite strict laws and the hard work of organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there are still many people who get behind a wheel while intoxicated. These reckless drivers hurt and even kill thousands of people every year. If you have found yourself the victim of a drunk driver, you are likely angry, scared, and traumatized. We at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. understand.
We have years of experience working with crash victims – helping them recover financially, fighting for their rights, and pulling them out of mounds of medical debt. You should never be expected to pay for injuries that weren’t your fault. If you want to work with some of the best personal injury attorneys in the nation, call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (303) 759-9945 today.
U.S. drivers must adhere to a strict blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of .08%. Countless studies have shown that a higher BAC leads to unsafe and irresponsible behavior. Generally, every drink a person has equals a .02% increase in BAC, so in order to reach .08%, a driver would have to have around four standard drinks, such as a 12 oz. beer. However, everyone metabolizes differently, and so it may take fewer or more drinks for someone to reach the limit. The best rule of thumb is to drive completely sober and call for a taxi or rideshare service if there is no sober driver available.
But why is there a limit? What does alcohol do to drivers that has led to such strict laws? Well, alcohol is a depressive drug (meaning it slows down the central nervous system), and it has a severe impact on the brain. For drivers in particular, too much alcohol can lead to:
- Slower reaction times
- Double or blurry vision
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Impaired thought process and decision-making; poor judgment
- Reduced alertness
- Loss of short-term memory
- Lack of motor control
Consuming alcoholic beverages will leave drivers unable to read, or even notice, traffic sign; slow to stop for oncoming traffic; and even unable to stay in their lane. Federal and Colorado laws are strict when it comes to drinking and driving because drunk drivers are incredibly dangerous, and those unlucky enough to be involved in a collision with them will almost always suffer catastrophic injuries.
Car crashes are dangerous enough without the added factor of a drunk driver. If a collision cannot be avoided, if both drivers slow down before impact, then the damage to the vehicles will be lesser. The faster a car goes, the more force it has on impact. Given the way alcohol affects the brain, drunk drivers often lack the reaction time or coordination to slow down, leading to a devastating crash.
These high-speed accidents almost always lead to severe injuries, such as:
- Fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Limb loss
- Brain damage
- Deep lacerations
- Road rash
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
These catastrophic injuries are difficult to recover from. They can take months to heal properly, and even after treatment, victims may still be left with a lifelong disability, such as a lost arm or partial paralysis. Of course, there are many victims who don’t get the chance to recover at all. Drunk drivers kill thousands of people every year. These wrongful deaths are emotionally and financially devastating for the families of the victims. If your loved one was killed, or you were injured, by a drunk driver, then you are within your rights to file a claim against the liable parties.
After you suffer a devastating injury at the hands of a drunk driver, you may assume you have no options for recovery. In order to heal, you need medical assistance. In order to receive medical assistance, you need to be able to pay expensive medical bills. In order to begin moving past the emotional trauma of the incident, you need to be able to afford basic necessities, which you can’t do if you are stuck paying off medical bills. In short, you have been left to pay for someone else’s gross negligence.
However, you should never give up. We at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have helped many victims get the compensation they need to continue to live their lives. We know that filing a claim can seem overwhelming when you are already contending with catastrophic injuries and emotional trauma, which is why we want to do the heavy lifting for you. For help from an experienced Denver personal injury lawyer, call our firm at (303) 759-9945 today.