Recovering Damages After a Drunk Driving Accident

Drunk,Driving,Concept.,Young,Man,Driving,Car,Under,The,Influence After a drunk driving accident, police will likely arrest the driver for driving while under the influence, in addition to other charges. However, you will not be able to recover compensation from that case. Instead, you must file your own personal injury case against the drunk driver. Rest assured, even if the drunk driver is not convicted in the criminal court, you can still recover compensation for your injuries and other losses if you can show the driver was negligent in your personal injury case.

How To Prove Negligence

To recover damages in a car accident, you must show that the driver’s actions or lack thereof were negligent. The basics of determining negligence in a drunk driving accident include:

  • The defendant has a duty of care to drive safely to protect himself and others on the road.
  • The defendant breached that duty by driving under the influence, speeding, or otherwise breaking traffic or other laws.
  • The defendant’s actions or inactions must have caused the accident.
  • The accident must have caused your injuries.
  • Your injuries have caused you to suffer financial losses.

Proving negligence is not easy unless you know the laws. A car accident attorney can aid you in proving negligence after a drunk driving accident.

Recovering Damages After a Drunk Driving Accident

If you’ve experienced injuries or other losses as a result of a drunk driving accident, you may be eligible to receive economic damages, which have a monetary value, as well as non-economic damages, which don’t have a monetary value. Economic damages may include lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, medical expenses, future medical expenses, compensation for damaged personal property, and funeral and burial expenses if you lost a loved one.

Non-economic damages encompass a range of factors that can greatly impact one’s well-being, such as pain and suffering, inconvenience, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, and loss of quality of life. In most cases, you can recover non-economic damages if your injuries cause long-term or permanent disabilities.

Where To Find a Car Accident Attorney in Boulder, CO

Jeffress Law, PC, serves Boulder, Fort Collins, Longmont, and the surrounding areas in Colorado. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today for all your car accident claim needs. Contact our office today at 303-993-8685 or text us at 303-225-9101.


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