A Denver woman was arrested in August when she allegedly rear-ended a police officer’s SUV during an early morning traffic stop. Heidi Jewell, a 28-year-old woman was arrested on charges of vehicular assault after she injured the officer in a DUI crash.
The Denver Police Department reports that their officer had returned to his vehicle after having pulled over a drunk driving suspect. He was injured and four other vehicles were damaged when Jewell crashed into the rear end of the officer’s SUV. The officer was transported to the hospital for treatment of multiple broken bones.
The incident necessitated the closing of Interstate 25 for several hours from 20th Street through 38th Avenue on the northbound side until 6:40 a.m. Tow trucks were called to the scene to remove the crash vehicles.
Dangers of Drunk Driving
Driving under the influence is defined as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) which is above the legal limit. In most jurisdictions, a BAC of .08% or higher is illegal and can be considered a crime. Committing a DUI is a serious crime punishable by large fines, suspension of one’s license and in the most severe cases, imprisonment. Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causes thousands of accidents every year that result in a devastating loss of life and take a huge financial toll on society.
In fact, there were 10,228 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2010, averaging one every 51 minutes, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even more disturbing, is that 7,145- nearly seventy-five percent- of those were caused by drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or higher. That is almost double the legal limit of .08, which is the standard in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Injury Victims of Drunk Drivers
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you have the right to pursue compensation from the driver in the form of a civil case. This type of compensation is called “damages,” and can take several forms, including special and general damages.
Special damages are intended to reimburse you for medical expenses, lost income, and other economic losses you have sustained. General damages are meant to compensate you for pain and suffering and other subjective effects of your injury.
If you have been in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, the driver is not necessarily the only person who can be held liable for causing the accident. Colorado’s Dram Shop Law permits the owner of a bar or restaurant to be held responsible for serving an intoxicated patron who seriously injures or kills someone while under the influence.
Contact Our Denver Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
If you are injured in a drunk driving accident, you need a lawyer on your side to help protect your rights and help you obtain the money you need to recover. Call Lakewood DUI accident attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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