Earlier this month, a Fort Collins woman was killed and two men were seriously injured in a drunk driving accident near Loveland on U.S. Highway 287 between Longmont and Berthoud. One of the drivers was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he drifted across the painted center line and collided head-on with a Toyota Highlander driven by 54-year-old Sumei Han. Emergency responders at the scene of the horrific accident pronounced the Fort Collins woman dead on the scene and transported her passenger and the other driver to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The DUI crash markes the 28th death on Larimer County roads so far this year.
Sadly, DUI accidents are often fatal. Drunk drivers lose control of their vehicle, run stop lights, and cross lines of traffic, often hitting other cars while still traveling at a high rate of speed. In 2016 alone, drunk drivers accounted for 28% of all traffic fatalities. In fact, of the 37, 461 people who died in traffic crashes in 2016, 10,497 were killed in drunk driving crashes involving a driver with an illegal BAC of 0.08 or greater. And in Colorado alone, 161 drivers lost their lives in DUI accidents across the state in 2016.
Sadly, even though more than 1 million drivers were arrested for drunk driving in 2016, this statistically represents just a small fraction of the drivers who drive drunk every day. In fact, according to the CDC, just 1% of all drunk drivers are arrested and caught for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is based on the 111 million self-reported episodes of drunk driving among U.S. adults each year.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, it is important to know where to turn for help. You have a right to seek compensation for your injuries, for damages, and for pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many injured accident victims believe that because the drunk driver was arrested, they will receive the compensation they need. This is not always the case. The police may arrest the drunk driver and press criminal charges, but you need a personal injury attorney on your side to press civil charges against the drunk driver.
Your personal injury attorney will need to investigate your accident, review your medical records, speak to eye witnesses, and obtain copies of the police report and BAC tests. This evidence will help establish liability and build a case that is designed to obtain maximum compensation. Without an attorney on your side, you may not receive the money you need to pay all of your medical expenses now and in the future.
When a drunk driver injures you or someone you love, we can help. Call the Fowler Law Firm today at (970) 232-3322 to find out how we can use our legal experience to help you recover maximum compensation. The Fort Collins car accident attorneys at Fowler Injury Law are ready and willing to go the extra mile for you. Call us today.