Drunk driving on busy Illinois roads continues to be the cause of many injuries and deaths. When drivers take to the roads while impaired by drugs or alcohol, they do not only risk their own lives, but also the lives of other road users. An alleged drunk driving accident on Illinois Route 34 recently caused serious injuries to the drivers of three vehicles that were involved.
The Illinois State Police says the accident occurred in the afternoon of a recent Thursday. The accident report states that two pickup trucks were northbound on Illinois Route 34, when another pickup truck that was southbound on the same road crossed over the center line. This vehicle was operated by a 40-year-old driver, and it collided with the driver’s side of the truck driven by a 67-year-old woman. This was followed by an almost head-on crash into the other truck — operated by a 56-year-old man.
The driver of the truck that was struck head-on suffered injuries serious enough to justify a helicopter trip to the hospital. The other two drivers were both transported to a medical center by ambulance. The driver of the southbound pickup truck was reportedly cited for DUI, improper use of traffic lanes, and operating a vehicle on a suspended driver’s license.
Depending on the severity of the injuries suffered in a drunk driving accident — or any other accident — medical expenses can be crippling. In some cases, medical treatment is required for extended periods, and this can adversely affect the income of the injured person. If there is sufficient proof of negligence on the part of another party, there may be a viable personal injury claim. By successfully presenting such a claim in an Illinois civil court, monetary compensation for medical expenses and other documented financial losses may be awarded.
Source: kfvs12.com, “3 injured, 1 cited for DUI after Saline Co. crash“, Amber Ruch, July 17, 2015