An alleged drunk driver is facing a personal injury claim in an Illinois civil court. The plaintiff also named two establishments where alcohol is served and sold as defendants, claiming they violated the Dramshop Act. Under this Act, commercial concerns can be held liable for damages or injuries that were caused by their patrons. The woman who filed the complaint claims to have been injured in a drunk driving accident last year when she was traveling as a passenger in a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver.
The plaintiff claims to have had to undergo surgical procedures after suffering facial and jaw injuries when the drunk driver lost control of the vehicle. After leaving the roadway, the car hit a road sign and rolled over several times. She claims that the driver failed to maintain control of the car, keep to his lane and avoid the accident. She alleges that his level of intoxication prevented him from exercising reasonable care.