Drunk driving accidents are all too common in today’s society. Unfortunately, innocent drivers, passengers and even pedestrians are continuously injured or killed in drunk driving accidents. In 2013, more than 10,000 people* were killed as a result of drunk driving in the United States.
Despite harsh legal consequences, intoxicated drivers continue to drive recklessly. Several days ago, a drunk driver drove the wrong direction on I-294 and smashed into an off-duty police officer’s vehicle. The off-duty police officer was killed instantaneously in the crash while the intoxicated driver was unscathed.**
Civil Ramifications Of Drunk Driving Accidents
The loss of a loved one can be devastating, especially when it is due to another person’s negligence. In the aftermath of a drunk driving accident, victims and their families have civil remedies at their disposal including lost wages, medical costs, future losses and costs, as well as pain and suffering.
All motorists owe a duty of reasonable care to one another when operating a motor vehicle on Illinois roadways. When a motorist breaches that duty of care by driving intoxicated, he or she is liable for damages. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, contact our Chicago drunk driving accident attorneys today. We help our clients obtain the compensation and the justice they deserve.
* Statistics – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
** Article – DUI in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash