You can turn to a Denver drunk driving accident attorney at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., if your loved one suffered injury or death because of a drunk driver. We will vigorously pursue all claims to cover your losses and hold the wrongdoers accountable.
Any serious car accident causes pain and hardships. It is absolutely devastating when you learn that a family member was injured or killed by an intoxicated driver.
Colorado law allows victims and families to sue not only the drunk driver but also the business establishment or party host who contributed to a preventable tragedy by serving the alcohol.
Who is Liable For a Drunk Driving Accident?
A person who gets behind the wheel after drinking too much is legally responsible for any injury, fatality or property damage they cause. Our Denver personal injury attorneys will pursue action against that driver and their insurance policy for every last dollar of compensation.
Sometimes the drunk driver has no personal assets worth pursuing, and may not even have a license or car insurance. We explore all potential sources of compensation for a drunk driver accident:
Under Colorado’s dramshop law, a bar, night club, restaurant or liquor store can be liable for selling or giving alcohol to a person who is (a) visibly intoxicated or (b) under the legal drinking age of 21.
Colorado also has a social host law, although the rules are different. If the driver was over the age of 21, the person hosting the gathering is not liable even if the driver was stumbling drunk. But if a party host knowingly provided alcohol to a minor or provided a place for minors to drink, they can be sued if that underage driver causes an accident.
If the drunk driver was not insured or had minimal insurance, victims may be covered under their own family’s auto policy. We regularly deal with uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) claims in motor vehicle accidents.
Criminal Proceedings Are Separate
You may be rightly concerned about seeing the drunk driver prosecuted. However, the criminal charges have little bearing on your civil case. If the driver beats a DUI conviction or is never charged with vehicular assault or vehicular homicide, that driver and third parties can still be held liable in a lawsuit. They are completely separate proceedings, and the standard of proof is lower in civil actions.
The Right Injury Attorneys To Handle Your Case
Our Denver accident attorneys have the experience and resources to provide cutting-edge representation in your personal injury or wrongful death case. Our trial lawyers have a strong record of results, including recoveries in dramshop lawsuits.
Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. is committed to superior service, taking the burdens off your family while diligently pursuing maximum compensation for what you have endured. Our Denver drunk driving accident lawyers serve the Denver area and surrounding Colorado areas. Contact our personal injury law firm today.