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Being a drunk driving victim is stressful. You can face injuries and emotional trauma. You are the victim of someone elses own unlawful and selfish actions. Illinois law, however, allows victims of a drunk driving accident to seek several types of compensation. Navigating and potentially collecting compensation under these laws can prove a complicated and lengthy process. The attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C., however, can assist in your review and possible claims against the drunk driver and other potentially negligible parties.

Under Illinois law, if a drunk driver injured you or someone you know, you have several potential sources from which to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

Drunk drivers insurance policyIf you sue a drunk driver for your damages and injuries, the first possible source of compensation is the drunk drivers insurance policy. Illinois law may entitle you to recover for your actual damages and injuries up to the drunk drivers policy limits. This might include recovery for medical damage, personal property damage, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.

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St. Patrick’s Day brings a huge celebration to Chicago. The U.S. Census Bureau has reported that about seven percent of Chicagoans—approximately 201,500—are of Irish-American heritage. The rest of the city’s population, however, along with thousands of visitors, are ready and willing to join in the holiday and be “Irish for a day.” With the holiday falling on a Saturday in 2018, you can expect even more people will turn out for the hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the city.

The official party kicks off at about 9:00 a.m., when about 400,000 or so people will show up to watch the Chicago River turn green. Then, the St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin about noon, heading north from the Balbo and Columbus intersection. The afterparties will continue late into the night—and often into the next day, with the whole weekend becoming a celebration. The South Side and Wrigleyville are only a couple of the many popular spots to drink green beer and celebrate authentic or adopted Irish heritage.

St. Patrick’s Day provides a great celebration to bring the city together and have fun, as well as a boost for local businesses and tourism in Chicago. Unfortunately, it also marks a prime time for people to try to drive after drinking and for drunk driving accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that drunk drivers cause one-third of traffic fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, the USDOT started a campaign to banish drunk driving, just like St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland. Despite the best efforts of government agencies and law enforcement, however, drunk driving continues to mar this holiday with accidents, injuries, and fatalities in Chicago and across the United States.

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Before you left for your outing, you may have checked your car’s safety equipmentlights, signals, tires. Everything was good, and you hit the road, trying to be as safe as possible.

And then a drunk driver hit you.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that during the course of a year, someone dies in a drunk-driving accident every 53 minutes. During Labor Day weekend, the rate nearly doublesto one death every 34 minutes. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident with a drunk driver, whether during Labor Day weekend or at any other time, you should take some important steps. If you suffer an injury in that accident, it is critical that you protect your rights.

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It should come as no surprise that Chicagoans like to celebrate, and national holidays like the upcoming Memorial Day often provide the perfect opportunity to do so. Many people have long weekends from work and choose to get together with family members and friends to hit the water, barbecue, and enjoy the spring weather. Like many social gatherings, Memorial Day celebrations often involve indulging in alcoholic drinks.

Unfortunately, some people ignore the serious risks of drunk driving and decide to drive home after having too much to drink. For this reason, the risks of drunk driving increase over major holidays, and you and your family members should be particularly cautious if you are on the roads during these three days in May. Additionally, if you are hit by a drunk driver, you should know what to do to protect your legal rights.

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As we enter spring, many students are focused on summer and the end of the school year. For many high school and college seniors, this time will mark the end of a chapter of their lives, as they will walk across a stage at graduation and receive a diploma. Graduation is often a time to celebrate both a student’s past achievements and what he or she may look forward to in the future. Unfortunately, too many people have graduation season disrupted by a drunk driving accident.

Young Drivers and Alcohol

With graduation parties often comes alcohol, and this means that some people may make the dangerous decision to drive home after drinking. This practice is particularly common among young drivers, as they may not fully realize the risks of driving drunk. In addition, underage individuals may be hesitant to call a parent or another adult for a ride out of fear they will be punished for being intoxicated. For this reason, there may be an increase in the number of young and intoxicated drivers on the road in the coming months.

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On March 17th, millions of people around the country will recognize St. Patrick’s Day by eating corned beef and cabbage, attending parades featuring bagpipers and floats, and generally celebrating Irish culture and heritage. In addition, like any other celebration in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day parties often involve the consumption of alcohol, particularly those with Irish roots such as Guinness and various brands of Irish Whiskey.

According to the International Business Times,1 Chicago has the 2nd largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the country and over one million people attend the parade. While dyeing the Chicago River green and celebrating the “Apostle of Ireland” may seem like harmless fun, the reality is that St. Patrick’s Day can result in significantly more drunk drivers on the road than on other days, putting all of us at risk.

Here are some of the ways you can reduce your risk of involvement in an accident caused by a drunk driver this St. Patrick’s Day.