We Help People Hurt by Impaired Drivers Recover Compensation for Their Injuries
When drivers get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs, they put everyone around them at risk. Unfortunately, drugged driving continues to regularly take place in the Chicagoland area despite increased enforcement efforts and harsh legal consequences. In fact, the 2016 Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates 11.8 million people admitted to driving under the influence during the previous year. When drugged drivers cause accidents, victims need to do everything they can to protect their rights—and that begins by retaining a Chicago car accident lawyer.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are committed to helping recover compensation for people injured by the negligence of others. We offer completely free consultations and will not collect any legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule an appointment with an attorney, contact us online or call our Chicago office at (312) 924-7575.
Drugged Driving is Against the Law
While drunk driving gets much public attention, the same Illinois Statute that prohibits drunk driving also bans driving under the influence of any drug that renders the person incapable of driving safely. Many drugs can impair drivers in ways that make them unable to safely drive motor vehicles, some of which are not legal and some of which are—drugged driving cases can arise even when drivers use prescription drugs prescribed by their physicians.
Drugged Drivers Can Leave Victims With Substantial Losses
Drugged driving accidents can result in extremely serious injuries to everyone involved, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, serious soft tissue injuries, broken bones, concussions, dislocations, amputations, and serious sprains and strains. These injuries, in turn, can result in significant economic and noneconomic losses including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
- Property damage
Fortunately for victims, a driver who was on drugs at the time of the accident will almost certainly face liability for any losses the accident caused. In many cases, drugged driving accidents can result in settlements or awards well into the tens of thousands of dollars, so victims must do everything they can to protect their legal rights.
What Makes Drugged Driving So Dangerous?
Different drugs affect the brain in many different ways. For instance, drivers who ingest cocaine or methamphetamine may drive in reckless and aggressive ways. On the other hand, cannabis can slow a person’s reaction time and impair the ability to accurately judge distance and time. Drugs like Xanax, lorazepam, and other benzodiazepines often cause drowsiness and dizziness. These various impairments all have the potential to lead to serious car accidents.
What if a Suspected Drugged Driver Caused an Accident?
In the unfortunate event that you are in an accident caused by a drugged driver, protect your right to recover compensation by:
Exchanging contact and insurance information with the driver.
Make note of the accident location, weather conditions, the license plate numbers of the other vehicles, and whether any hazardous road conditions may have contributed to the accident.x changing contact and insurance information with the driver. Make note of the accident location, weather conditions, the license plate numbers of the other vehicles, and whether any hazardous road conditions may have contributed to the accident.
Calling the police, even if you do not think the accident is serious enough to warrant police involvement.
Law enforcement personnel are trained to spot signs of drug use, and if your suspicions are correct, the police will probably arrest the driver for DUI and get that driver off the road. If the other driver is ultimately convicted of a DUI, it can make recovering compensation much easier.
Undergoing a thorough medical evaluation as soon as you can.
A post-accident medical evaluation will identify, treat, and document any injuries that you sustained in your accident. Documentation of injuries can help establish damages with the insurance company.
Retaining an attorney.
A lawyer can make a significant impact on the outcome of your case, even if you never file a lawsuit. Lawyers who handle personal injury claims understand how insurance companies operate and make sure to protect your rights along every step of the way.
How Much Will Legal Representation Cost Me?
As an accident victim, the costs associated with hiring a personal injury attorney may concern you. We take all of our cases on a contingent fee-basis, which means that you will pay nothing up front for legal representation. In fact, you will pay nothing for legal representation at all unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Any fees that we do collect are a percentage of the settlement or award that you receive. As a result, you have nothing to lose by retaining our firm, and a significant amount to gain.
Call Abels & Annes, P.C., Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If a drug- or alcohol-impaired driver injured you in an accident, then retain an attorney as soon as you can—even if the insurance company already offered you money. The lawyers of Abels & Annes, P.C. will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and will do everything possible to ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation your claim merits. In addition, if the insurance company refuses to give you the compensation you deserve, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit to ensure that justice is served. To schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (312) 924-7575 or send us an email through our website.