Most Illinois residents know someone who has been injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver. A victim of a drunk driving accident will likely be emotional and experience anger and may be considering the possibility of holding the intoxicated driver responsible. There may be questions about legal options and how to go about filing a claim.
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.
Many wrong-way accidents in Illinois are caused by drivers who are impaired. Despite the measures taken to prevent drivers from entering highways via exit ramps, wrong-way accidents continue to occur. While a driver's reason for entering a highway via an exit ramp could be unclear signage or his or her unfamiliarity with the area, intoxication is often the cause. It is not uncommon for an impaired driver to cause a drunk driving accident while traveling in the wrong direction on a highway.
As we go into the holiday season, drunk driving accidents will likely become more frequent in Illinois and elsewhere. While people are not expected to miss all the fun associated with this time of the year, authorities do caution that a designated driver should be used whenever they plan to travel after consuming alcohol. Even a single drunk driving accident that claims a life is one too many.
At about midnight on an October day in 1996, an Illinois mother and her friend were pushing her broken-down vehicle off the roadway. A man who was later found to have been intoxicated smashed into them. The mother was killed on impact, and her friend suffered severe injuries in the drunk driving accident. The driver reportedly fled to his home country after entering a guilty plea in 1998.
One often wonders whether intoxicated drivers realize how their actions impact the lives of victims of car accidents caused by drunk driving. It is not uncommon for individuals who were involved in a drunk driving accident to suffer life-altering injuries, or worse. After the recent sentencing of a driver who pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI charges, the Illinois victim said that while she was satisfied that justice prevailed, it does not improve her condition that was caused by the accident.
Driving on an Illinois highway while under the influence of alcohol not only threatens the life of the driver but also the lives of other motorists. The danger escalates when the drunk driver is traveling in the wrong direction. A recent alleged drunk driving accident that was reportedly caused by a wrong-way driver on the Stevenson Expressway involved three vehicles.
Motorists in Illinois seldom stop to think of their vulnerability on the roads. Individuals usually have complete faith in their own driving abilities; however, one never knows what to expect from other motorists. When another driver is impaired, a drunk driving accident can happen when least expected. A man with multiple previous convictions was recently arrested after allegedly causing the death of another motorist. Authorities claimed that the driver, who they say was attempting to flee from police, was impaired by alcohol or drugs when the accident occurred.
While authorities hold regular traffic stops to identify intoxicated drivers in an effort to reduce alcohol related accidents, there are daily media reports about motorists and pedestrians who lose their lives in accidents caused by drivers who are inebriated. Motorists have a duty to be watchful for pedestrians when they drive along Illinois roads. Unfortunately, even when pedestrians try to be careful while walking or jogging along the road, fatalities often occur as the result of a drunk driving accident which the victim could not have avoided.
Two Illinois men recently made life altering decisions. One man made the decision to walk south along Route 157. The other man decided to drive after he had been drinking. The result of these two decisions was a drunk driving accident that claimed the life of the pedestrian.