The irresponsible and negligent actions of a drunk driver are one the most appalling and preventable causes of injury, and even death, on Colorado roadways. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes this year—that’s one person dead every 50 minutes.
In Colorado, there were 68 people killed and another 418 people injured as a result of alcohol-related driving crashes in 2011. Although the Colorado criminal justice system is well equipped to handle the criminal aspects of a drunk-driving crash, it generally fails to address the heavy financial burden that the death or serious injury places on the innocent victims and their families. Despite Colorado’s strict drunk driving laws and attempts by the Legislature to reduce the number of these devastating crashes, many people still refuse to take personal responsibility for their actions and continue to drive while intoxicated. MADD estimates that an average drunk driver has driven while intoxicated 80 different times before their arrest.
As one of Denver’s leading personal injury law firms, the drunk driving crash 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.
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.
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.