The accident attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. take special care in fighting for clients who have been seriously injured or killed by the negligent acts of a drunk driver.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving calls it the most frequently committed violent crime in America and the evidence is clear that drunk driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents in Chicago and across the state of Illinois.
In Illinois, any driver operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater is considered to be a drunk driver, regardless of what type of motor vehicle the driver is operating. This means that collisions with DUI can involve cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, buses, semi trucks, and many other types of vehicles.
Drivers under age 21 with any trace of alcohol in their system violate the Illinois Zero Tolerance Law and will lose their driving privileges as well as face serious additional penalties. Illinois law also can hold a parent liable when a parent allows a minor to drink at the parent’s home, the minor leaves and drives a vehicle, and the minor causes a collision, injuring another person. For obvious reasons, the penalties involved with underage drinkers who drive are severe.Chicago DUI accident lawyers
Drivers who cause DUI accidents often face serious criminal charges and can and should be held civilly responsible to innocent accident victims. We will work with you to seek just compensation from drunk drivers and their insurance companies.
Some people do not realize that they do not have to be in a vehicle to have a claim against a drunk driver. If you are injured by a drunk driver as a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or while you are a passenger in a vehicle, you may have a claim for your injuries. It may also be possible to make a claim against the driver of a vehicle you were riding in if that driver was intoxicated or on drugs and you were injured.
The statistics are clear - drunk drivers are responsible for huge numbers of fatal car accidents and are likely to be responsible for nighttime traffic fatalities, particularly on the weekends.
Drunk drivers are also more common on holidays and holiday weekends. Drivers should always be cautious and drive defensively as much as possible.
Relief for Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Just like any car accident in Chicago, the facts and circumstances involved may determine what avenues of relief may be available to those who have suffered at the hands of a drunk driver. Commonly, victims may be entitled to financial compensation for the total extent of their damages which may include medical expenses, surgical costs, rehabilitative care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the tragic event that a loved one or family member is killed in an accident, that victim's surviving family members may be entitled to relief even though no amount of compensation can ever be considered adequate.
The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe in fighting for the rights of victims and if you or your family member has been hurt, we want to fight for you. We offer a free case consultation without obligation to all those who call us toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575 and everything discussed will be kept confidential.
If you have been injured and you suffered due to the actions of another, call us today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a DUI accident, request a Free Case Consultation or call (855) LAW-CHICAGO to speak with a lawyer now. Personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are available to talk to you about your potential case 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no attorney’s fee unless you win your case.