Halloween usually means fun, costumes and too much sugar. But drunk drivers on the road may lead to consequences a little more far-reaching than a stomachache.
By driving while under the influence of alcohol on busy Illinois roads, a driver not only risks his or her own life but also the lives of others on the road. Following up on a blog post about a fatal accident from Jan. 4 ("Alleged negligent driver causes 1 death, personal injury to 2"), a driver is now facing two felony counts related to the tragic drunk driving accident. The charges were filed upon completion of a thorough and time-consuming accident reconstruction.
It is widely known that alcohol in the system of a driver can adversely affect his or her ability to react in emergency situations. Even when drivers feel unaffected by one or two drinks and do not seem intoxicated, their reactions are often slowed. An 18-year-old passenger riding in a pickup truck with a driver who was apparently under the influence of alcohol lost his life in a 2014 drunk driving accident on an icy road in Illinois.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Workers who are part of crews working on road construction in Illinois are likely aware of the constant threat of personal injury or death that may be caused by negligent motorists. Although the construction sites on the roads are typically cordoned off, and drivers receive fair warning when they approach, media reports regularly cover accidents where vehicles have smashed into construction workers. A driver was recently arrested after an alleged drunk driving accident killed a road construction worker.