Walk Like MADD Non-Competitive 5k Walk and Family Event
Drunk Driving is one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in the United States. According to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 13,478 drunk driving fatalities nationwide in 2006.
At Bachus & Schanker, LLC , we understand the importance of both the safety of driving and the rights of victims involved in a drunk driving crash. Our experienced attorneys will aggressively litigate drunk driving crashes to protect injury victims. Bachus & Schanker, LLC hopes to bring more awareness about the safety and prevention of drunk driving and its’ victims.
The attorneys at BBachus & Schanker, LLC , are avid supporters of MADD and are proud to announce their sponsorship of the 2008 Walk Like MADD fundraiser. Find out more about Walk Like MADD, MADD’s 5k walk.
MADD is an organization of victims and non-victims, trying to make a difference in the fight against drunk driving. The mission of MADD is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is available to help you deal with the legal, medical, and financial issues that often follow a drunk-driving crash. You’ll find that MADD offers a broad range of support-from information on victim rights and the legal system to online chats and special resources to help you cope with grief, injury and financial losses. MADD understands the grief, anger, confusion and frustration you may be feeling and wants to help. MADD’s services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MADD helps survivors survive.
To learn more about each topic, simply click on each phrase below to be directed to more information on the MADD website.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drunk Driving
A drunk driving crash can leave you emotionally devastated. The aftermath can bring about many questions. MADD provides many resources that address important issues, such as:
How can MADD help me in the case I am a victim of a drunk driving crash?
MADD’s victim services can help in numerous ways, the following are a list of MADD’s services:
- A MADD Victim Advocate can offer emotional support and information by phone or in person.
- MADD provides a wide selection of free literature for victims and/or survivors of crashes.
- MADD Victim Advocates can help with financial assistance with referrals such as Crime Victims’ Compensation.
- A Victim Advocate can provide a list of professional counselors and clergy skilled in working with crash victims/survivors.
- MADD chapters nationwide may offer victim support groups where you can meet with other individuals and families who share similar experiences.
- A Victim Advocate can give you advice on obtaining the crash report and the offender’s driving record (in most states).
- A Victim Advocate can inform you about drunk driving laws and victim rights in your state.
- MADD Victim Advocates can assist in preparation of a Victim Impact Statement to present at the sentencing of the offender.
- MADD Advocates may be able to accompany you to court and offer emotional support and provide information about legal procedures.
What can I expect after a crash and how do I cope?
- Expect a multitude of emotions. Find someone who can help you talk about what you are feeling.
- Acknowledge your physical and emotional limits. Your ability to think and make decisions may be impaired as a result of pain and fatigue.
- Your grief is unique. Every person grieves and deals with situations differently. Seek the support and understanding of others who have gone through the same kind of trauma.
- Develop a support system. Accepting help and support from others is often difficult, particularly when you are hurting emotionally. Finding the appropriate people to surround yourself with and encourage you to be yourself and acknowledge your feelings can be a huge help in the healing process.
What kind of memorials does MADD offer?
MADD holds an annual Candlelight Vigil to honor victims killed or injured in impaired driving crashes. MADD and the Colorado Department of Transportation have also enacted a Memorial Sign Program which raises the awareness of others on the road by having a sign asking people not to drink and drive and the name of the victim can be established at the sight of the crash.
What other resources are available for victims and/or survivors?
A link of websites that further educate victims/survivors about victim services and support can be found at the MADD Colorado Website.
Financial recovery after a drunk driving crash can be difficult. Understanding what services and resources are available to you can help.
- What happens after the Crash
- Life and Medical Insurance Benefits
- Automobile Insurance Benefits
- Employee Benefits
- Social Security/Veterans Benefits
- Bank Accounts
There are resources available to provide financial assistance to those who have been affected by impaired-driving crashes.
- Crime Victims Compensation
- State and County Social Services
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Civil Rights/Legal Assistance for the Disabled
Legal Remedies for Financial Recovery
Please contact your local MADD Office for more information.
Colorado State Office
444 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203
Toll Free: 800-621-6233
24-hour Toll Free Victim Support: 877-MADD-HELP
Colorado Springs Office
2220 E. Bijou Street, Suite 154
Colorado Springs , CO 80909
484 Turner Drive, Building E, Suite 104
Durango , CO 81301
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