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Illinois drunk driving accident victim sues driver and 2 taverns

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.

3 injured in rear-end car accident file suit against driver

A driver's momentary distraction may result in a rear-end collision with devastating consequences. These types of car accidents are often caused by drivers who drive too fast and fail to maintain safe following distances. A rear-end car accident often leads to severe injuries that can jeopardize a victim's ability to continue living life on his or her own terms. The occupants of a stationary car can also suffer life-changing head, neck and back injuries because of the force of another vehicle hitting their vehicle from the rear.

An Illinois resident is now being sued by three occupants of a car that he allegedly rear-ended in March of 2014. The plaintiffs claim that the defendant smashed into the rear of their vehicle while they were stationary at a stop sign. They allege that he was traveling at about 60 mph when he struck their car. They state that the impact was so significant that one occupant's head broke the rear windshield when it struck it.

Recent fatal car accident underscores aim of graduated driver law

After 15 teenagers lost their lives up in Tazewell County in a period of 15 months, the Illinois graduated driver law became effective in 2008. This law is designed to limit the number of senseless teenage fatalities by restricting the driving privileges of teens, to some extent, until they become more experienced drivers. A recent Aurora car accident that took the lives of two teenagers and injured others may underscore the need for young drivers and their parents to revisit the requirements of the graduated driver law.

The teenagers, who were all 16 and 17 years old, were reportedly traveling to watch an evening basketball game. In dense fog, the 17-year-old driver apparently failed to stop at a red traffic light, and a semi truck smashed into the SUV he was operating. Schools in the area reported that bus services are offered for away games, especially when the games are played at night, but it was also noted that these services were seldom supported. According to the graduated driver law, drivers are only regarded as somewhat experienced after they have had their driver's licenses for longer than one year.

Auto accident allegedly injured unborn child, premature birth

In Feb. 2013, an Illinois woman was involved in a car accident that changed her life forever. She was pregnant at the time, and claims that the auto accident caused the premature birth of her child. She filed a lawsuit against the driver of a tractor-trailer and his employer in the Circuit Court of St. Clair County in February.

The complaint states that the plaintiff was traveling along an Illinois highway when the defendant rolled the tractor-trailer he was driving. A load of coal was dumped on the roadway, obscuring the view of another driver. Not being able to see where he or she was going, the driver of the other vehicle smashed into the plaintiff's car.

Have you suffered injuries caused by a road rage car accident?

Because road rage can take many different forms, there are no accurate statistics available of such incidents on Illinois roads. What is known, though, is that road rage is a growing problem that causes many unnecessary injuries and even fatalities. Some people may say that they witness road rage almost daily. An enraged driver who causes a car accident may have to face devastating legal consequences.

It has been suggested that the fast pace at which modern Americans live may bring about excess stress. Under certain conditions, already stressed drivers may be especially aggravated when they are exposed to periods of high volumes of traffic, such as during rush hour. Road rage is typically triggered by one driver irritating another driver by his or her actions. This is often unintentional and may be insignificant, though enough to infuriate another driver. He or she may then decide that the "offending" driver should be taught a lesson, and the way the other driver handles this often determines what follows next.

Tragic head-on car accident on Route 72 claims life of 5-year-old

Illinois Route 72 was closed for hours following a tragic accident that occurred on a recent Friday afternoon. A child, who was sitting in a car seat at the time, was killed in the car accident. An accident investigation was still underway at the time of the media report.

A preliminary report from the sheriff's office states that the child was a passenger in her father's SUV when they were heading west on Route 72 at about 3:15 p.m. A 17-year-old eastbound driver allegedly failed to maintain control of his vehicle as he attempted to navigate a curve. The car crossed into the opposite lane. It appears that the driver of the SUV was unable to avoid the head-on crash that followed.

Illinois car accident leaves 2 dead, 2 critically injured

Drivers are expected to drive in a responsible and observant manner that does not endanger the lives of their passengers or others using Illinois roadways. They must be vigilant when they approach busy intersections. It is not uncommon for a car accident to result from a driver's failure to keep a proper lookout while traveling on Illinois roads.

The Illinois State Police, along with the Sheriff's Department from Knox County, are investigating a car accident that occurred on a recent Tuesday afternoon. The cause and details of the incident have not been made available, and the media report makes no mention of criminal charges. Among other factors, investigators will have to determine whether drugs or alcohol may have played a role, or whether one of the drivers disregarded a traffic device at the intersection where the cars collided. It was reported that the intersection has a stop sign for vehicles heading in a north-south direction, while no sign exists for those traveling in an east-west direction. 

Bus driver alleges he was injured in drunk driving accident

An Illinois driver of a school bus claims that the consequences of an accident that occurred when the bus he was driving was rear-ended have been taking their toll. He recently filed a civil lawsuit, claiming in excess of $100,000 in monetary damages. This man is just one of many people who have suffered injuries blamed on a drunk driving accident.

The bus driver states that he was northbound on a local roadway in O'Fallon when another northbound vehicle rear-ended the bus. The bus driver claims that the other driver failed to keep a lookout while traveling at a high rate of speed. He also alleges that he was the victim of a drunk driving accident.

Crystal Lake pedestrian severely injured in car accident

Illinois pedestrians are always vulnerable, because they are unlikely to wear any protective gear. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, it is not only the impact of the car that causes injuries, but also the impact of the pedestrian striking the ground. Injuries suffered by pedestrians who are involved in a car accident are often catastrophic injuries, and in some cases they are even fatal.

Emergency crews in Crystal Lake attended to a pedestrian accident that occurred in the mid-afternoon of a recent Thursday. Initial police reports say that a 39-year-old pedestrian was knocked down by a vehicle as she entered the roadway. It is unclear whether her intention was to cross the street or whether she was in a crosswalk. After the impact, the injured victim reportedly landed on the pavement.

Passenger dies in fatal drunk driving accident at zoo lagoon

A 42-year-old Illinois father is facing charges of aggravated DUI and is held on bail of $1 million. This follows a fatal drunk driving accident that caused the death of his passenger. The accused driver is reported to be a personal trainer and baseball instructor, as well as a popular DJ.

Authorities reported that the man was traveling erratically at speeds exceeding 90 mph in the vicinity of Lincoln Park Zoo. It is alleged that he failed to maintain control of the car and smashed through the guard rail. He then crashed into the concrete wall that retains the lagoon at the zoo after leaving the roadway and striking a tree. The car toppled over and came to rest in the lagoon from where the driver and passenger were extricated by emergency workers and transported to the hospital.

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