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Denver Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Vehicle accidents continue to be a leading cause of injuries and fatalities throughout the Denver area, and drunk driving is a leading cause of these incidents. At the Bendinelli Law Firm, our team is here to help if you need a Denver drunk driving accident lawyer by your side. We have the resources and experience necessary to handle every aspect of your claim. 

We understand the challenges individuals face when it comes to recovering compensation after an impaired driving incident, but we want to make sure that you and your family are properly cared for. Do not hesitate to reach out to our team for a free consultation of your claim today.

Why Turn to Bendinelli Law Firm, PC?

  • At the Bendinelli Law Firm, we make sure to put the client first every time. You will always have access to your attorney when you have questions or concerns about your drunk driving accident claim.
  • Our team has a track record of success recovering major settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of vehicle accident victims in Denver and throughout Colorado.
  • Our team will not hesitate to stand up to insurance carriers or take a drunk driving accident claim all the way to a jury trial if that is what it takes to ensure our client receives fair compensation.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics for Denver

When we examine information available from the Colorado Department of Transportation, we can see that, during the latest reporting year, there were more than 6,000 individuals were charged with driving while impaired after a collision occurred. This number has remained fairly consistent over the last decade.

However, looking closer to home, we need to examine statistics directly from Denver County. In this county, during the most recent reporting year of data on file, we can see that there were 762 total collisions involving impaired drivers. Out of these incidents, there were more than 450 total injuries or fatalities rewarded.

We Can Help Protect Your Rights

Know Your Rights

As one of Denver’s leading personal injury law firms, the drunk driving accident attorneys at the Bendinelli Law Firm are dedicated to helping those who have been injured in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes receive the compensation they deserve. We have years of experience and have earned an impressive track record representing people who have suffered injuries in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents caused by a drunk driver. We can aggressively pursue claims against the drunk driver, as well as the bars, clubs, restaurants, or other entities that supply alcohol under the Colorado Dram Shop Law.

Dram Shop Law

According to Colorado Revised Statute 12-47-801, a licensee is liable for the injuries caused by a patron if the sale or service of alcoholic beverages was “willfully and knowingly” made to such patron who was under 21, was visibly intoxicated, or was a known habitual drunkard. At the Bendinelli Law Firm, we have extensive knowledge and experience with personal injury cases involving dram shop laws in Colorado and can help you get you the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages if you were hurt by an intoxicated driver.

Drunk Driving Accident Claim Compensation Available

Drunk driving accident victims in the Denver area are often able to recover various types of compensation for their losses. This compensation can come either through a settlement with insurance carriers or as a result of a personal injury lawsuit jury verdict.

At the Bendinelli Law Firm, our team works diligently to recover “special” and “general” damages on behalf of every client that we assist.

Special damages are often referred to as economic damages, and this revolves around calculable expenses that drunk driving accident victims are likely to incur as a result of their incident and the recovery process. Some of the most common types of expenses that we recover compensation for include the following:

  • Any emergency medical expenses
  • All follow-up hospital and doctor visits
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy costs
  • Prescription medications and medical devices
  • Lost income and loss of future earnings if injuries prevent an individual from working
  • Various household out-of-pocket expenses are rising due to the incident
  • Property damage expenses

General damages are also referred to as non-economic losses, and these damages revolve around less calculable expenses individuals are likely to incur as a result of a drunk driving incident. We say that these are less calculable, but that does not mean they are incalculable. These are the types of losses resulting from unseen injuries, including a victim’s physical and emotional pain and suffering or distress as well as their loss of quality of life. Our team will work with trusted medical and economic experts and use various calculation methods to come up with the appropriate non-economic damage total. 

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Steps You Can Take After a Drunk Driving Accident

There are various steps that individuals can take immediately following a drunk driving accident, as well as in the days and weeks that follow the incident, to help ensure the integrity of their claim.

  1. Seek medical care. Drunk driving accident victims must seek immediate medical care, regardless of whether or not they think they have sustained an injury. Often, there are hidden injuries that are not immediately visible, but a doctor needs to conduct an evaluation. Additionally, individuals need to continue all medical treatments recommended by their doctor until they have reached maximum medical recovery. Failing to do so could jeopardize the insurance claim or the outcome of a personal injury jury verdict.
  2. Obtain and keep all evidence. It may be possible to obtain some evidence at the scene of the incident, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, individuals can use their phones to take photographs of everything at the scene or even video surveillance of the aftermath. However, it may be necessary to obtain additional types of evidence, such as surveillance footage from nearby cameras, police reports, and statements from eyewitnesses at a later date. We strongly recommend that you work with a skilled attorney who can handle this process for you.
  3. Reach out to an attorney. Soon after an accident occurs, you need to reach out to a Denver drunk driving accident lawyer who can take over every aspect of your claim. They will report the incident to your insurance carrier, handle communications with other parties, and deal with any negotiations for a settlement on your behalf. Your attorney will also prepare the case for trial if one is necessary to ensure fairness.
  4. Do not talk to insurance carriers. We strongly recommend that the only communication you have with insurance carriers is to report the incident initially. You do not have to give a recorded statement to the insurance carriers, and you should not engage in conversation with insurance claims adjusters, particularly if you have already retained an attorney for your claim. Refer any questions from insurance carriers or claims adjusters to your Denver drunk driving accident lawyer.

How Long do You Have to File a Claim?

Individuals in Colorado have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent driver for an impaired driving accident claim. In this state, victims have a three-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the other party. Failing to file the lawsuit within this time frame will almost certainly result in the victim becoming unable to recover compensation for their losses. 

However, there will certainly be insurance carriers involved in these cases, and they will have their own reporting deadlines. In general, the insurance carrier needs to know about any accident within a few days after the incident occurs, or they will delay or even deny the claim.

Our Denver Drunk Driving Attorneys Can Help

If you or a family member has been injured as a result of the irresponsible conduct of a drunk driver, you have the legal right to recover monetary damages to compensate for your injuries and losses. At the Bendinelli Law Firm, we specialize in maximizing your recovery. Our team of Denver personal injury lawyers, paralegals and investigators has the resources and legal expertise to help you recover from the crash, both physically and financially.

Put our experience to work for you and contact our Denver accident lawyers today at (303) 732-6609 today for your free and confidential initial consultation.