Continuing from where DUI Car Accident Cases: FAQs (Pt. 1) left off, below we will continue answering questions about traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers.

Q – Will criminal cases against drunk drivers affect DUI car accident cases?

These FAQs about DUI car accident cases can provide some answers for victims. People can also call us, set up a consult and get all of the answers they need.

These FAQs about DUI car accident cases can provide some answers for victims. People can also call us, set up a consult and get all of the answers they need.

A – Maybe, but if it does, it will likely be in a good way. If a criminal DUI case is pending against the negligent driver responsible for causing a DUI car accident, then:

  • Victims don’t have to wait for the criminal case to be resolved in order to move forward with filing their DUI car accident cases.
  • A conviction in criminal cases can be additional strong evidence for DUI car accident cases, as it establishes criminal negligence.

Whether it makes more sense to file DUI car accident cases now or wait for criminal cases to be resolved, however, will depend on the specifics of a person’s case, and an experienced Colorado Springs car accident lawyer at Shakeshaft and Gorman Law Firm is ready to help you answer this question and figure out your best options for proceeding.

Q – What if my DUI car accident was also a hit-and-run? What are my options then?

A – When DUI car accident cases also involve hit-and-runs (meaning the allegedly drunk driver fled the scene), if the negligent driver has still not been identified and tracked down, then you have a few options, including:

  • Trying to investigate, identify and track down the driver
  • Filing a claim with your own insurer if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage – This type of coverage also provides compensation for hit-and-run accidents, and having an experienced attorney help you pursue these claims with insurers can be pivotal to their success.

Q – How long do I have to file my DUI car accident case?

A – In the state of Colorado, people have two years from the date of their accidents to file their DUI car accident cases.

While this time frame, which is known as the statute of limitations for DUI car accident cases, may seem considerable, it’s also critical for people to remember that putting off filing DUI car accident cases can end up hurting their chances of obtaining the full amount of compensation to which they may be entitled. This is because waiting to file DUI car accident cases can result in:

  • Accident witnesses moving, changing their phone numbers or otherwise becoming unavailable to support your case
  • Accident witnesses forgetting exactly what occurred, making their testimony less potent at establishing DUI car accident cases
  • Injury and damage-related bills getting lost so that it becomes difficult to calculate how much injured people are entitled to for their DUI car accident cases.

Therefore, if you may have a DUI accident claim, don’t hesitate to proceed with your claim. Contact us for immediate action, aggressive legal advocacy and the best representation moving forward with your case.

Be sure to look for the upcoming conclusion to this blog series that will be posted soon!

Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyer at Shakeshaft and Gorman Law Firm, P.C.

Have you or a loved one been hurt in a car accident caused by a drunk driver? If so, Colorado Springs Car Accident Attorney Kenneth Shakeshaft is ready to advocate your rights and help you recover financially. Since 1982, Kenneth Shakeshaft has been providing people injured in traffic accidents with superior legal service, helping them put their lives back together.

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