Dram Shop Liability

Denver Drunk Driver Accident Lawyers

In the United States, alcohol consumption is associated with a broad spectrum of accidents and injuries. In fact, data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that thousands of people are killed by drunk drivers every year on roads throughout America. While Colorado has done a great deal to crack down on drunk driving accidents, they are still a large problem.

At Coppola & Melonakis, we are doing our part to hold drunk drivers accountable for the harm they cause. While these drivers usually face criminal charges, it is also possible for the victims of drunk driving accidents to file lawsuits in Colorado civil courts.

When they are successful, they can collect damages for the medical bills, lost work, costs of continuing care and rehabilitation, as well as pain and suffering. Surviving family members who have lost a love one in a fatal car accident may also be able to collect compensation for the loss of love and support they have experienced after the wrongful death.

Colorado Dram Shop Liability Laws

Accident victims and their families can do more than hold the drunk driver accountable. In Colorado, dram shop liability laws hold homeowners, bars, restaurants, liquor stores and other businesses responsible as well.

Those serving alcohol may also be held accountable for the damage caused in a drunk driving accident in some situations:

  • If alcohol is knowingly sold or served to a person who is visibly intoxicated
  • If alcohol is knowingly sold or served to a minor

Conducting a Thorough Investigation

When someone is seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, it is critical for your lawyer to conduct an in-depth investigation regarding the causes of the accident. This is especially true if you suspect that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

At Coppola & Melonakis, we begin conducting this investigation from the moment we accept your case. We take a thorough look at all relevant facts and laws. We obtain reports of the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) and we review those reports with toxicologists. We also review your medical records, work with experts — including physicians and accident reconstruction experts — and talk with witnesses about the crash.

Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation with a drunk driver accident attorney. We handle most personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We don’t collect attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you.