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.
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.
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.
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.