Drunk drivers are a major risk any time we take to the streets. Intoxicated drivers cannot control their actions, make poor decisions, and are much more likely to crash than a sober driver. Accidents with a drunk driver often lead to very serious injury or even death.
Such was the case for one unsuspecting victim in Pueblo County on January 28, 2020. According to State Patrol, a southbound Buick Rendezvous ran off of the side of the road one mile north of Pueblo. The Buick went airborne and landed in the northbound lane where it hit an oncoming Volkswagen Vanagon. After the head-on collision, the Buick continued into an embankment to the right of the interstate.
The Volkswagen caught fire and also rolled down the same embankment as the Buick. Sadly, the Volkswagen driver died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Buick, who caused the accident, was taken to Parkview Medical in Pueblo but was later flown to Denver for medical treatment. She survived but suffered serious injuries after she was ejected from the vehicle, as she was allegedly not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Drunk Driving Accidents in Colorado
Drunk drivers are extremely dangerous. Drunk drivers, or intoxicated drivers, are not able to drive as effectively or as safely as other drivers. The effects of drugs or alcohol play an important part in why these accidents are not only more likely, but they are more likely to be serious.
Drunk drivers under the effects of either drugs or alcohol suffer from many side effects of that intoxication that can greatly affect their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. These include, but are not limited to:
- decreased reaction time,
- loss of consciousness,
- fatigue or sleepiness,
- poor decision making,
- inability to maintain lane,
- traveling at excessive speed,
- changed perception due to intoxication,
- irritability or rage, and
Any one of these effects can be sufficient to cause an accident, but it is often a combination of these that causes the accident.
How to Hold the Drunk Driver Responsible
After you have suffered a serious injury at the hands of a drunk driver, you are entitled to bring a personal injury lawsuit in order to get the financial compensation you deserve. Whether or not the driver is charged criminally, a criminal case does not typically get you the compensation you need to become whole again. That is left to the civil side of the law, rather than the criminal side.
With the help of a highly experienced personal injury lawyer, you can prove that the other driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, that the other driver caused your accident, and prove the damages you have suffered. With all of this proven, you can win substantial financial compensation that can make you whole and compensate you for your pain and suffering.
Consult an Experienced Denver Personal Injury Attorney
As the injured victim, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced personal injuries at accidentdenver.com to fight for your rights and get the financial compensation you deserve.