According to the Illinois’ Secretary of State’s office, the most recent data available shows that over 39 percent of all crash fatalities are alcohol related. The figure for fatalities from drunk driving in Illinois is slightly higher than the national average of 36 percent. And while Chicago drunk driving rates continue to decline, it is a problem any time someone operates a vehicle while under the influence – a problem that often leads to wrongful death.

What constitutes drunk driving in Illinois?
A blood alcohol level of .08 is the legal limit in Illinois. Why is .08 the standard of Chicago drunk driving?
– Impairment: Studies show that at .08, a driver’s critical driving skills (including steering, braking, changing lanes, etc.) are greatly diminished.
– Number of drinks: The average male would have to consume four alcoholic beverages in one hour and the average female would have to consume three alcoholic drinks in the same time period to reach .08.
– Increased Odds: A driver with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above is three times more likely to be in a car crash and eleven times more likely to be killed in a single vehicle crash than a sober driver.

There are many special interest groups who have worked diligently over the past twenty years to raise awareness about and prevent drinking and driving in Illinois and around the country. However, Chicago drunk driving and driving under the influence in other cities continues to be a problem that leads to wrongful death. If a driver is under the influence and causes and accident that inflicts bodily harm or causes the death of a passenger, another driver, a pedestrian or other innocent bystander there is recourse. The injured party (or their loved one if the injured party is deceased) may hold the drunk driver liable for their pain and suffering or wrongful death. To find out more information about a personal injury or wrongful death claim, speak with a qualified personal injury attorney in Chicago.

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