Experienced Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
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The dangers of drunk driving have been well known for decades. That’s why most states have strict laws against drinking and driving. Unfortunately, some drivers ignore these rules and end up causing serious car accidents while under the influence of alcohol. When this happens, it’s important for injury victims to take strong legal action to get the money they deserve for their injury-related expenses.
Attorney Stephen Longo knows how to handle complex legal cases. That’s because his talented legal team at The Longo Firm, LLC in Colorado Springs has years of experience helping injury victims demand justice. As a result, we know the laws that apply to such cases. We know what evidence to look for and what strategies often work. You can count on us when it matters most.
What types of accidents do drunk drivers often cause?
Drivers under the influence of alcohol often don’t realize what they’re doing behind the wheel. When drivers drink too much, they often make poor decisions that result in serious accidents. Some of the most common causes of car accidents involving drinking and driving include:
- Drunk drivers going too fast, resulting in a speeding accident.
- Impaired drivers who fall asleep at the wheel, especially at night, often resulting in a head-on collision on a rural road or at an intersection.
- Drunk drivers who text or engage in other dangerous activities while driving.
Whatever type of drunk driving accident you or your family are dealing with, don’t underestimate the complexity of your legal case. Make sure you have an experienced lawyer on your side looking out for your best interests.
How do investigators prove a driver was drunk?
When police suspect a drunk driver caused an accident, the investigating police officer often conducts one or more tests to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Such tests include a Breathalyzer test, taking a blood sample or a urine sample. That way, the police can determine if the driver had a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the crash. These tests are often mandatory.
In addition, police sometimes conduct field sobriety tests at the scene of the accident. The most common Standardized Field Sobriety Tests include horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN), the one-leg stand and the walk-and-turn test. Field sobriety tests are often voluntary in many states, including Colorado, meaning drivers can refuse to take them.
What if the drunk driver who caused my crash denies responsibility?
You might think your car accident claim will be straightforward if the driver who caused your crash was intoxicated at the time. Don’t be surprised if the at-fault driver denies being drunk and challenges the BAC test results. The other driver might even try to claim you somehow caused the accident.
When this happens, it’s important take certain steps to protect your rights. Such steps include:
- Do not contact the other driver directly. Anything you say or write could be used as evidence against you.
- Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company. They’re often only interested in gathering information they can use to deny your claim.
- Get a copy of your official accident report from the investigating police officer. Review your report and make note of whether the investigating officer indicated that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Most importantly, contact an attorney right away. The sooner you have a lawyer working for you, the better you will be able to respond to any challenges that might arise after your accident.
How much is my drunk driving accident claim worth?
There’s no set dollar amount when it comes to accident claims involving crashes caused by drunk drivers. Many injury claims are often higher simply because the injuries sustained in such crashes might be more serious.
The bottom line is you should be financially compensated for all accident-related expenses, now and in the future. This includes years from now, as long as such expenses are due to your accident-related injury. Such expenses may include:
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs.
- All past, current and future medical care, including surgical procedures and physical therapy.
- Replacement income if you cannot work while you’re recovering from your injury.
- Lost future income if you cannot work ever again due to a permanent disability.
The stakes are high. Insurance companies know this. They also know you often only have one opportunity to get all the money you deserve for your accident-related expenses. If you accept a settlement offer, you often cannot ask for additional money in the future, even if your accident-related expenses increase more than expected. Make sure you make the most of your opportunity for justice. Talk to a lawyer right away.
How can a lawyer help me?
There are many different ways an attorney can help if you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver. This includes:
- Conduct an independent investigation of your accident, especially if the drunk driver who caused your crash denies being intoxicated or claims they didn’t do anything wrong.
- Carefully review your official accident report to make sure the facts are correct, including the results of any BAC tests administered to determine if the driver was intoxicated.
- Deal directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, including negotiating a settlement offer on your behalf.
- File a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, especially if the driver’s insurance company refuses to cooperate and acts in bad faith.
Take legal action on your behalf against the bar, restaurant or liquor store that sold alcohol to the driver who caused your accident if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the purchase, then got behind the wheel and caused your crash. In such cases, you may be able to file what’s known as a “dram shop” claim or lawsuit.
Make sure you fully understand the legal options available to you. Talk to an attorney with experience dealing with accidents caused by drunk drivers.
Demand justice after your drunk driving accident. Contact our law firm.
You didn’t do anything wrong. You shouldn’t have to pay for a drunk driver’s reckless behavior. Talk to a lawyer serious about winning your case. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation with our law firm. Attorney Longo can answer your questions, explain your options and get right to work on your case.
We do things differently at The Longo Firm, LLC. If you ever have questions about your case, you can contact attorney Longo directly on his personal phone. We also never take anything for granted when handling serious legal matters. We conduct an in-depth investigation and leave nothing to chance. Your best interests always come first here.