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Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Have You Been Injured in a DUI Accident in Chicago?

Chicago Drunk Driving Accidents Lawyer The drunk driving accident lawyers at Abels & Annes take special care in fighting for clients who have serious injuries from the negligent acts of a drunk driver.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving calls it the most frequently committed violent crime in America. 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. This is true regardless of what type of motor vehicle the driver is operating. This means that DUI collisions can involve cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, buses, semi trucks, and many other types of vehicles.

How Alcohol Affects Your Ability to Drive

Even though the legal limit is 0.08, the effects of alcohol can begin with a BAC of just 0.02 percent. Here are just a few examples of how alcohol affects the body and one’s ability to drive:

  • Judgment – Alcohol affects the part of the brain that controls judgment. When the brain needs to call on memories and experiences stored there—and do so quickly when faced with a problem—alcohol interferes and blocks or impairs a driver’s judgment.
  • Vision – The ability to see clearly is necessary to drive. Alcohol can impair a driver’s ability to focus, blur their vision, and cause double vision. The negative effect of alcohol on a driver’s vision can begin at a BAC of just 0.02 percent.
  • Reaction time – Alcohol hinders the ability to process information. It can leave a driver feeling drowsy and unable to react in time to avoid a collision.
  • Colors – Important road signs, highway markers, and traffic signals rely on colors to signify when it is safe to turn, go, or stop. Alcohol makes it difficult to distinguish colors. This places other drivers at risk for a drunk driver who fails to yield or who runs a red light.

DUI Awareness Campaigns Can be Ineffective

Public safety campaigns sometimes do little to deter those drivers who believe one or more of the following outcomes:

  • They won’t get caught by law enforcement.
  • An accident won’t happen to them.
  • They live close by and can make it home safely.
  • There is no other way of getting home.
  • They are invincible.

Research shows that alcohol can actually cause drivers to feel invincible. If you experience serious injuries due to a driver who felt invincible and decided to drive drunk, you deserve justice. Their careless actions can result in physical, financial, and emotional stress for you and your family. Learn about your options to pursue civil litigation by contacting Abels & Annes today.

A Drunk Driver Can Change Your Life

No matter how defensively you drive, a drunk driver can appear out of nowhere. Whether it is a head-on collision, a side-impact crash, or a rear-end collision, the impact can be sudden and traumatic. Drunk driving accidents leave many patients with serious, and sometimes catastrophic, injuries that leave victims with extensive medical bills.

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function. Patients with severe TBI may need around-the-clock care, resulting in thousands of dollars every month.
  • Spinal cord injury – When the spinal cord becomes injured due to a car accident, the result can be some form of paralysis. Patients often require expensive power chairs, home modifications, and accessible transportation. The need for replacing an accessible vehicle or power chair throughout the years is costly and financially stressful.
  • Broken bones – With more than 200 bones in the human body, a drunk driving collision may leave you with more than one broken bone. Multiple broken bones can require future surgeries, extensive physical therapy, and assistance with daily tasks.
  • Internal injuries – The injuries that exhibit no visible signs or symptoms are especially dangerous and often life-threatening. Even if you feel fine immediately following an accident, always accept medical transport to a hospital. Only a doctor using medical tests and imaging equipment can provide a proper diagnosis.

A drunk driver may walk away from the accident scene without a scratch.  Meanwhile, you require immediate medical transport to a hospital or trauma center.

Drunk Driving Crash Attorneys in Chicago

A drunk driver may walk away from the accident scene without a scratch.  Meanwhile, you require immediate medical transport to a hospital or trauma center.

Experiencing serious injuries due to a drunk driver isn’t your fault, and it isn’t fair. The Chicago injury lawyers at Abels & Annes encourage any DUI accident victim to seek a free consultation from one of our experienced car accident attorneys.

Drivers who cause DUI accidents often face serious criminal charges. They also can and should be held civilly responsible.

Our legal team will work with you to seek just compensation from drunk drivers and their insurance companies.

Some people may not realize that they do not have to be in a vehicle to have a claim against a drunk driver. If you sustain injuries from a drunk driver while riding a motorcycle, or as a pedestrian, bicyclist, you may have a claim.

It is also possible to make a claim against the driver of a vehicle you were riding in if that driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

  • One in every seven DUI fatalities in 2008 was someone under the age of 21 (and thus not even old enough to drink).
  • One-third of drivers ages 25 to 34 who were killed in fatal accidents were intoxicated.
  • Drunk drivers were responsible for 10,228 fatalities 2010, including 211 children. Of the 211 children, 161 (62%) were in the same vehicle as the drunk driver.
  • Of the 568 driver fatalities in Illinois in 2011, 108 had blood alcohol levels of .08 to .20. Further, an additional 52 had blood alcohol levels in excess of .20.
  • Somewhere in America, someone dies every 51 minutes as a result of the careless and senseless acts of a drunk driver.
  • In 2010, sixteen percent of all drivers in fatal crashes during the week were DUI. This, compared to 31 percent on the weekends.

How Common is Drinking & Driving in Illinois?

Our Chicago DUI accident lawyers know it’s way too common. The following are 2018 DUI statistics from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office:

  • There were 291 fatalities in DUI crashes. This is around 28 percent of the accident deaths in our state.
  • There were 26,386 drunk driving arrests.
  • 90% of those with DUI arrests lost their right to drive.
  • The highest drunk driving arrest rate belongs to Males, age 21-24. Just under 1 percent of this age group was arrested.
  • Only 26 percent of DUI arrests were for women.
  • Eighty-six percent of those facing charges were first time offenders.
  • 363 drivers age 21 and under lost driving privileges due to the Illinois zero tolerance law, 79 drivers in Cook County alone.

Statistics About Drunk Drivers

  • One of every ten binge drinkers admit to driving the last time they consumed 5 or more drinks.
  • The average DUI driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest.
  • Studies have shown that approximately 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.

Who is the Average DUI Offender?

Chicago DUI injury car accidentThe Illinois Secretary of State’s Office reports the following about your average DUI offender:

  • 74% of those arrested are men
  • 34 is the average age, and 52% are age 35 and under
  • Many are partying on the weekend, 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.
  • Driving with a BAC twice the illegal limit, .16 on average.

Chicago’s DUI Problem

The statistics are clear:

  • Drunk drivers are responsible for huge numbers of fatal car accidents, particularly on the weekends.
  • Police rarely catch drunk drivers.
  • DUI is also more common on holidays and holiday weekends.
  • Motorists should always be cautious and on the lookout for drunk drivers, and drive defensively.

These scary facts add up to 2 points:

  1. We need to do more to curb drunk driving
  2. Those who drive drunk should be held responsible for their actions

Illinois Zero Tolerance Law

Drivers under age 21 with any trace of alcohol in their system violate the Illinois Zero Tolerance Law.  If caught, they 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, and the minor goes out and gets into a DUI accident, injuring others. For obvious reasons, the penalties for underage drinkers who drive are severe.

Legal Help For Drunk Driving Accident Victims

drunk driving accident - attorneys who represent people injured in dui accidents - abels and annes Just like any car accident in Chicago, the facts and circumstances may determine what avenues of compensation are available to those who are suffering from injuries because of a drunk driver. DUI-related injury victims can obtain financial compensation for the damages they suffer.

Those damages 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 (known as wrongful death), that victim’s surviving family members may be entitled to financial relief. Even though no amount of compensation can ever be adequate, it can help bring a sense of justice. When someone dies due to another’s negligence, and then that victim’s family is now suffering from an inability to pay their bills or financial ruin, it is a tragedy.

Contact a Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes believe in fighting for the rights of DUI victims. If you have injuries from the negligence of a drunk driver, we want to fight for you.

We offer free consultations without obligation. Further, there is no attorney’s fee unless you win your case. Call us toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575.

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