If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a drunk or impaired driver, contact the car accident attorneys at Larson & Larimer, who have more than 40 years of experience representing the victims of drunk and impaired drivers.
Statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) show that 9,878 people were killed and approximately 350,000 people were injured in 2011 as result of drunk driving in this country. In Colorado alone, 36 percent of traffic deaths in 2011 were related to drunk driving. This equates to 161 drunk driving deaths in 2011 within the State of Colorado alone.
These statistics include automobile passengers who were injured or killed because their driver was drunk or impaired. Many unknowing passengers are injured every year because the driver of the vehicle in which they were riding was under the influence or impaired by drugs or alcohol. These passengers are also entitled to recover for their injuries and damages.
Colorado drunk driving laws provide that a driver is presumed to be impaired by alcohol if the driver’s blood alcohol level is .08 or higher. Even if a driver’s alcohol level is below this level, the driver may still be considered impaired by alcohol consumption and subject to Colorado’s drunk driving penalties. These presumptive levels are even lower if the driver is under the legal drinking age.
With the recent legalization of recreational and medical marijuana laws, there are also more and more drivers on the road who are impaired by the use of marijuana and other drugs. Drivers who are under the influence or impaired by the use of marijuana or other drugs are also subject to the same laws and penalties as those who operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
If you have been injured or had a loved one killed by a driver who was impaired or under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs, the attorneys at Larson & Larimer will aggressively pursue all possible claims against that driver on your behalf. These claims are not limited to the standard negligence claims and impaired drivers can also be held liable for punitive damages designed by state law to punish the driver for their conduct.