According to Summit Daily, a suspected drunk driver was heading southbound on the Colorado Highway 9 when she crossed onto the northbound lane and hit another vehicle head-on. Witnesses claim the car flipped numerous time when it was hit, ejecting the two passengers. The victims were killed in the crash, and the alleged drunk driver suffered minor injuries.
The suspected woman who caused the fatal crash was arrested for vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, and failure to drive in designated lane. In cases like these, victims may be wondering "I got hit by a drunk driver what am I entitled to?" Read below for legal commentary that may answer this question and others.
Attorney contributor Dan Lipman helps victims and their families injured or killed by drunk drivers receive the justice they deserve. Mr. Lipman has offered to explain the legal options available to these victims in the state of Colorado.
"In all 50 states, victims injured or killed in a car crash may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. In addition, some states allow victims injured by drunk drivers to file lawsuits against the alcohol vendor that served the driver prior to the crash. This is known as a dram shop lawsuit", states Mr. Lipman.
He explains: "Colorado's dram shop law says bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and liquor stores can only be held accountable for violating the dram shop law if they serve alcohol to someone under the legal age of 21, or if they serve alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated."
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.