Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Ability Impaired
Drunk and drugged driving impacts Coloradans every day. The statistics are horrifying and the danger is real, wreaking life-changing devastation anytime, anywhere, in the blink of an eye.
According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving):
- 2 out of 3 people will be affected by drunk driving during their lifetime
- Every 2 minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash
- Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in drunk driving crash
This equals 290,000 injuries and 10,265 deaths every year.
Drunk driving is still the #1 cause of death on our roadways. Adults drink too much and then drive about 121 million times per year. That’s over 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving a day. In Colorado, fatal crashes have risen 30 percent in the past three years according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Drugged Driving Is a Problem, Too
However, these statistics usually don’t include those people who are under the influence of prescription and non-prescription drugs, so the actual numbers of accidents and fatalities could be even higher. After the legalization of recreational marijuana, Colorado has established a legal limit of blood-level THC, and police officers can test for it . In 2016, there were 51 drugged-driving fatalities from cannabis use, and the numbers are steadily climbing each year.
In the Blink of an Eye…
At some point in their lives, most people will be affected drunk drivers in some manner. However, there’s no way to predict how a drunk or drugged driving accident could affect you in those very few moments before the impact. There is no way to predict how an unpredictable driver will behave. Drunk and drugged driving accidents can result in anything from fender benders where no one is really hurt, to catastrophic injuries and even death.
Those injuries can include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
If you’re injured in a car accident, you should first seek medical attention. Then, contact an experienced Colorado personal injury attorney as soon as possible following a drunk or drugged driving accident.
The attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman have a history of success representing victims of drunk and impaired driving accidents. You may be able to recover for your medical costs, expenses, loss of employment, and even awards for the harm caused to you because even though drunk and drugged driving causes accident, it’s no accident when someone chooses to get behind the wheel when they’re too intoxicated to drive. You may even have a claim against the car owner or the bar or restaurant that served alcohol or marijuana to the driver.
If you, a family member, or a friend have had the misfortune of being injured in a drunk or impaired driving accident, our lawyers welcome the opportunity to help you. The attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman, P.C. are experienced at representing clients in drunk and drugged driving cases and know to obtain compensation for injured victims. Call Kidneigh & Kaufman today at 303-393-6666 to schedule your free consultation.
 Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The Problem. http://www.madd.org/the-problem.
 Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Colorado. www.madd.org/colorado.
 Mothers Against Drunk Driving. www.madd.org/colorado/fatal-crashes-risen-30-percent-past-three-years
 Colorado.gov. Colorado Marijuana: Driving and Traveling. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuana/driving-and-traveling.
 Colorado Dept. of Transportation. Safety: Drugged Driving Statistics. https://www.codot.gov/safety/alcohol-and-impaired-driving/druggeddriving/safety/alcohol-and-impaired-driving/druggeddriving/statistics