The long weekend ahead signals the unofficial end of summer. After Labor Day, kids are back in school, the weather turns colder and people start thinking about the holidays instead of summer vacation.
Illinois residents who have been injured or lost loved ones because of the actions of drunk drivers may feel a bit lost and unsure of what legal options are open to them in order to seek compensation for their losses. Following a drunk driving accident, the driver believed responsible may be held accountable both criminally and civilly. According the state laws, certain establishments could also be ordered to pay compensation to victims or their surviving family members.
People are faced with a multitude of decisions daily. Many decisions are routine and may have little to no impact to those around them. Unfortunately, the decision to drive while intoxicated is one that may have repercussions that can be harmful or fatal to others. Recently in Illinois, a man allegedly made a poor choice that may have resulted in a drunk driving accident.
Driving under the influence is a choice that is almost always followed by negative consequences. Unfortunately, some of those consequences affect others on the road. People injured by a drunk driver may feel a lot of anger as some injuries suffered can last for years. Recently, an Illinois a woman was arrested for her poor choice of driving while impaired.
Drunk driving accidents in Illinois are always preventable. When people make the choice to operate vehicles while under the influence, they are risking unnecessary injuries and tragic deaths in the event that their reckless driving results in collisions. It is known that the fatalities stemming from these types of incidents are often not the intoxicated drivers who caused them but, instead, the unsuspected victims in their paths. Recently, in Illinois, a drunk driving accident resulted in the unfortunate and sad death of a mother and her unborn child.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can have devastating consequences, even if family members and friends regard a driver as a responsible person. A 41-year-old Illinois father of two who has no prior criminal record admitted to snorting cocaine before crashing into a car, causing two fatalities and injuries to three children. Claims for compensation may follow this tragic accident.
The losses for victims of car accidents are often much more than financial. An Illinois woman from Quad City described how a drunk driving accident changed her life. She and her son were traveling in Moline on Airport Road last November when an alleged drunk driver crossed the center line and smashed into them. That driver was subsequently arrested for DUI -- his fifth arrest for impaired driving.
After suffering injuries or losing a loved one in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, the victim -- or the surviving family of a deceased victim -- may choose to seek full accountability from the driver deemed responsible. However, there may be many questions about applicable laws and Illinois court procedures after a drunk driving accident. To provide answers, the attorneys at The Johnston Law Offices PC offer a free consultation.
As Illinois drivers are approaching the holiday season, the number of car accidents caused by intoxicated drivers will likely increase. For many individuals, this time of the year is a sad reminder of lives lost or severe injuries suffered in accidents caused by drunk drivers. Police in Rock County reported that three people were injured on a recent Tuesday morning in a suspected drunk driving accident.
Impaired driving is a matter of great concern nationwide, including in Illinois. All people can be victims of a drunk driving accident, whether they are occupants of other vehicles, passengers riding with intoxicated drivers or pedestrians. It is reported that the United States is annually burdened with $50 billion in costs related to DUI crashes. Average figures indicate that one such accident is recorded every 45 minutes.