Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
There may be nothing more heartbreaking than an accident that is caused by a drunk driver. If people would always make the right decision and hand the keys to someone fit to drive, drunk driving accidents would cease to exist. Unfortunately, poor decisions are made every day, and innocent victims often face an uncertain future as a result.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, you should seek the advice of a qualified personal injury lawyer immediately. These are complex cases, and having the right attorney on your side from the outset can help ensure that your interests are protected to the fullest possible extent.
Committed to Protecting the Rights of Drunk Driving Accident Victims
At The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, our experienced attorneys are dedicated to representing victims who have been injured in any kind of auto accident. My nearly 20 years of experience focusing exclusively on these complicated cases has given me a keen insight into the types of injuries that can occur and the kind of care that will likely be required to facilitate your recovery.
In addition to drunk driving, Colorado’s legalization of marijuana has created an entirely new category of impaired driving hazards on our roads. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 13% of nighttime, weekend drivers have marijuana in their system, and marijuana users are 25% more likely to be involved in a crash.
The impact that marijuana use can have on a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely has been well documented. Our attorneys know how to build a compelling case supporting your claim for damages in these matters. When appropriate, we will also review your case to determine the viability of a claim for punitive damages.
I represented the victims in the 2011 case of Smith V. Kinningham, ET AL, which resulted in a $1.9 million verdict. My clients were rear-ended by a drunk driver when they stopped to avoid hitting a driver who was driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
Contact my Denver office today to see how I can help you. We don’t charge fees upfront and only get paid if you do.
How Common Are DUI Accidents?
Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents and other cases involving DUIs are all too common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 50 minutes.” This equates to 10,000 deaths every year.
While this number is already staggering, there are even more accidents when you consider all forms of impaired driving from drugs and alcohol. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it’s estimated that over 44% of drivers in fatal car crashes tested positive for drugs.
This means that fatal accidents occur every year–ones that could have been easily avoided. Unfortunately, people don’t always recognize the severity of getting behind the wheel when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
That’s why the Paul Wilkinson Law Firm is here to fight for your case when you’ve been the victim of a drunk driver. You shouldn’t have to pay for their negligence, and we will fight aggressively to help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Damages Owed for Drunk Driving Accidents
Damages for drunk driving accidents and other DUI accidents are intricate. That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced Denver drunk driving accident attorney. If you try to negotiate your claim with the insurance company on your own, it’s likely you will not receive all the damages you are owed.
At the Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, we will gather all the necessary evidence to prove fault and negligence. If you’ve been injured, we can also help you meet with medical professionals to show the injuries you sustained and help you start on your road to recovery.
We will look carefully at all angles of your case to determine any and all areas of compensation. This may include losses related to injuries, such as present and future medical bills and lost wages from work (including future lost wages). We will also look at the damage to your vehicle and any other property, as well as pain and suffering and potentially punitive damages.
Remember that, without an attorney on your side, it’s easy to underestimate your owed compensation, which can leave you in a difficult situation when the dust settles. Allow the experienced attorneys at the Paul Wilkinson Law Firm to help you every step of the way, starting with a free initial case consultation, where we will assess your case and offer our honest opinion.
Drunk Driving Accidents Are Complex
Drunk driving accident claims can be particularly challenging. Usually, as the victim of a car accident, you will file a claim seeking damages. You may be looking to receive compensation for medical bills, lost present and future wages, vehicular repairs or replacement, and potentially pain and suffering.
However, when you’re the victim of a drunk driving accident, you may also be dealing with a civil claim, as drunk driving is illegal, and the driver may be facing criminal charges. This can be a challenge because you may have to wait until the criminal case is concluded before you can file your civil claim.
Because these types of cases can be so complicated, you must have someone on your side to fight for your interests. The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm will look into all the angles of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. We will also look into all legitimate reasons for potential compensation and ensure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to your case.
Contact My Denver Office to Discuss Your Claim
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in Denver. Such accidents can result in bodily injury or even death. Victims of a drunk driving accident may be left with expensive vehicle repairs, hospital bills, lost wages, and permanent injury.
Even after an injury, the victim is expected to deal with the insurance company and law enforcement to seek compensation for their injuries. Contacting an experienced Denver auto accident attorney can help you through the process and take the pressure off you so you can focus on healing.
Do not leave your future in the hands of an attorney who only dabbles in auto accident claims. All of the attorneys at the Paul Wilkinson Law Firm have a substantial background in these cases and know how to manage your claim to a favorable outcome. We invite you to contact our Denver office today for a free initial consultation.