Drunk-Driving Accident at University of Colorado
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), someone is injured by a drunk driver every 2 minutes and someone is killed by a drunk driver every 51 minutes. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our Boulder drunk driving lawyers have decades of collective experience holding drunk drivers accountable for the reckless choice to drink and drive and put the public at risk. If you are a student at the University of Colorado and have been injured in an accident with a drunk or drug-impaired driver, our experienced team can help you obtain financial compensation for your damages including medical bills, lost wages, lost tuition, emotional damages, and physical impairment. We have answers to your questions, and we invite you to call our CU drunk driving accident attorneys today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your case.Drunk Driving Can Impact Anyone – Including CU Students and Their Families
Anyone who has been to Folsom Field to watch the Buffs on a fall afternoon knows the role drinking plays on CU’s campus. Whether it is condoned or not, drinking is a part of life on America’s college campuses, and students are vulnerable to drunk driving accidents whether caused by a random driver or a fellow student. Additionally, University of Colorado students are known for their eager sense of adventure and travel, which for a ski trip to Vail or a road trip to the Grand Canyon puts CU students on the road more than other age groups.
After a drunk driving accident involving a University of Colorado student, victims and their families can feel helpless trying to navigate the criminal justice process, not to mention questions about how to handle a potential insurance claim against the drunk driver. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our CU drunk driving accident lawyers understand that many CU students live out of state and a serious injury or death caused by a drunk driver can present complications not normally present in a DUI accident case.
Whether you or your family lives in Colorado or another state, our team is experienced in upholding the rights of drunk-driving accident victims and can guide you and your family throughout the entire criminal court and civil claim processes. Whether it is dealing with the Boulder County District Attorney’s victim advocates, understanding restitution, helping you get reliable transportation, making a claim with the insurance company, or filing a law suit against the at-fault driver, our experienced University of Colorado DUI accident attorneys are skilled professionals who have helped numerous victims in similar situations, including University of Colorado students.Drunk-Driving Cases are Worth More Because They are “Aggravated Liability”
Every time someone drives drunk or high, our CU drunk driving accident lawyers view it as a conscious choice by the driver to endanger the safety of the public. We will highlight this fact to the insurance company and, in most cases, advise them that many Colorado trial courts, Boulder included, have found that such reckless, intentional, or “willful and wanton” behavior justifies a claim for punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the offender, and unfortunately, are capped at the amount of “compensatory” damages the victim has suffered.
To illustrate how punitive damages work, if the sum total of a victim’s damages is $100,000, then the maximum punitive damage award is capped at $100,000. Claims with aggravated liability require an experienced University of Colorado drunk driving accident attorney to strategize about how to best present the evidence of reckless, intentional, or willful and wanton conduct. The reasons for doing so are many, including the fact that most insurance policies do not cover payment of punitive damages.Why Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC?
First and foremost, our CU drunk driving accident attorneys pride ourselves on our ability to build relationships with our clients and their families. We understand that each case has its facts and circumstances that make it unique, and our job is to fully understand you so that we can tell your story in the best way possible.
Especially when it comes to University of Colorado students, we focus on building a connection between lawyer and client that allows us to be the most effective and impactful voice possible in our advocacy. To achieve this goal, our CU drunk driving accident lawyers often find ourselves meeting students on campus or in off-campus housing to get a feel for the world that was interrupted by the drunk driver. We then incorporate our experience in the presentation we make to the insurance claims adjuster, or in cases where the driver or insurance company fails to take responsibility, a jury.
At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, we are also extremely experienced negotiating with insurance companies, and insurance companies understand that we will file a lawsuit and present our case to a jury if they refuse to treat our client fairly. Most University of Colorado drunk driving accident attorneys rarely, if ever, have the resources and confidence to take a case to jury trial, but at our law firm we are unafraid to file suit if that’s what a particular case calls for.Call Us Today
If you are a CU student hurt in a drunk driving accident you need an experienced lawyer on your side. The CU drunk driving accident lawyers at Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, invite you to call us today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your drunk driving accident case and how we might be able to help you.