Drunk driving is a problem. Drunk and drug impaired drivers are out there, and the risks are real. These 5 drunk driving stats you need to know will give you a better idea of what the risks are, and below we discuss what to do if you are hit and injured by a drunk driver.
What should you do if you are injured by a someone who appears to be drunk driving or impaired while operating a vehicle?
First of all, the person doesn’t have to be fall down drunk to be impaired. Check out these definitions of DWAI and DUI found at noduicolorado.org:
Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) – If your ability is impaired to the “slightest degree” by alcohol, drugs or even prescription medications, or if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is found to be in excess of .05 but less than .08, you can be charged with DWAI.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – If you are “substantially incapable” of operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol, drugs or prescription medications, or if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above .08.
If you suspect someone who hit you is impaired:
- It is imperative that you call the police and tell them your suspicion so they can be assess the person and write an accident report.
- And before it is too late, record the license plate number in case the driver tries to leave the scene.
- In impaired or drunk driving accidents, your case is different from being hit by a non-impaired driver. You may be able to recover punitive damages in excess of your actual economic and non-economic damages.
Drunk driving accidents can get complicated, so don’t try to go it alone!
At Mac Hester Law, our personal injury attorneys handle injury cases caused by drunk drivers. Contact us today if you or a loved one was injured by someone who was driving drunk. We provide free consultations and we have no fee* until we win your case. Se habla Español
And one final note: If you are driving and see someone who appears to be impaired, don’t just hope that person gets home without injuring or killing someone else. Be proactive and report suspected drunk drivers in Colorado.
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