Written by Malman Law, reviewed by Steve J. Malman.
Despite numerous public safety campaigns, driver education, and news headlines, drunk driving is still occurring at alarming rates in Illinois, especially in Chicago. Those injured in these crashes or families who have lost loved ones to drunk driving accidents need to know that they have legal rights.
Drunk driving needlessly results in countless injuries and deaths every year throughout America. Illinois and Chicago contribute more than their fair share to these accidents. Chicago car accident lawyers are available to help those injured by impaired drivers and their family members.
Drunk driving is a significant factor in traffic fatalities and injuries in Chicago, throughout Illinois, and nationwide. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that of the 1,000 deadly accidents statewide in 2016, 30.7 percent involved alcohol. Many of these needless accidents occurred in the Chicago area. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed 10,497 drunk driving deaths nationwide that same year. The national percentage of adults who admitted to driving after drinking too much in the last 30 days was 1.9, compared to Illinois at 2.2.
While every driver has their own reasons for drinking and driving, there are some common reasons behind these risky actions. These reasons include:
Even though these are common reasons, none of them are acceptable or making drinking and driving okay. A Chicago car accident attorney can work to hold drunk drivers accountable for their negligence.
Fortunately, drivers responsible for alcohol-related accidents usually face severe criminal charges in addition to being held civilly liable to innocent victims and their families. It’s crucial that the victims of any drunk driving accident seek legal advice from an experienced Chicago car accident attorney.
The victims of crashes caused by an impaired driver can see their lives torn apart in the blink of an eye by a driver’s negligent behavior. The skilled car accident attorneys at Malman Law take special care in representing victims who have been seriously injured or killed by the negligent acts of a drunk driver and their families. The firm works with clients to seek just compensation from intoxicated drivers and their insurance companies.
Anyone who has been injured or killed by an impaired driver, request a free case review or call (312) 629-0099 now.
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