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DuPage County personal injury lawyers, drunk driving, DUI accidents, drunk driving laws, Illinois DUIDespite advances in car technology and features, almost nothing can keep up with the drivers who get behind the wheel of a car in an impaired state. Drunk drivers continue to be a menace on the roads, putting the lives of innocent people at risk.

The carelessness and recklessness associated with a drunk driver can rip families apart and deprive victims of their quality of life—or even their life if an accident is fatal. In 2014, 38,822 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in Illinois.

If your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, then that driver should be held accountable for getting behind the wheel drunk, and should provide compensation for your loss. Seek the services of a compassionate drunk driving accident attorney to help recover for your losses.

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DuPage County personal injury lawyerAll across the state, users of marijuana are rejoicing. The reason for celebration? Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In theory, this could be a positive thing: state funds spent on jailing low-level, nonviolent offenders decrease and fewer Illinois residents experience the long-term effects of a drug charge on their record. Yet, when you take a close, hard look at the trends in other states, the recent bill’s passing may carry an even heavier cost, particularly when it comes to auto accident deaths.

Traffic Fatalities Involving Marijuana Intoxication Are Increasing

Although Illinois drivers can still be convicted of a DUI for testing positive with five nanograms of THC per milliliter or more in their bloodstream, the decriminalization and outright legalization of the drug has led to a sharp increase in the number of traffic fatalities involving marijuana intoxication across the country. In fact, one study found that fatal crashes involving drivers with THC in their system tripled, going from 4.2 percent of deceased intoxicated drivers to 12.2 percent. Though still a far cry from the rates of drunken drivers, the increase suggests that marijuana intoxication could likely continue to increase as more and more states continue to legalize its use and decriminalize possession.

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DUI-key-car-glass-suspension-license.jpgIf you feel like DUI accidents make headline news entirely too often, then you are not alone. Every two hours, three lives are lost because of drunk driving in America. Yet the problem persists. Lax laws regarding license suspension and revocation are at least partially to blame, but understanding the DUI problem in America is not quite that simple. There are other factors at play - some of which may not be known or understood at this point in time. But one thing is clear: something must be done to ensure victims receive the justice they deserve.

Protecting Yourself from a DUI Accident

While it is sad that victims must be the ones to take preventative measures to avoid a drunk driving accident, the pervasiveness of DUI accidents make avoidance precautions necessary. Reduce your risk of becoming a DUI crash victim by:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_road-safety-efforts.jpgWhile there have been a recent number of media reports regarding the perceived increased traffic safety and decreased fatalities associated with car accidents in different scenarios involving teen drivers, bike riders, or pedestrians, crashes still happen. It is the opinion of many experts that safety efforts, when it comes to driving and obeying traffic laws, should continue until the number of avoidable accidents reaches zero. Whether or not that is a realistic goal, it is certainly a noble one and an effort that many can support since virtually every member of the public can potentially benefit from increased road safety.

Local Efforts

Communities around the Chicago area seem to consistently look at traffic issues in an effort to decrease dangerous conditions on roadways. According to a recently published news article, the local community of Joliet is planning to increase road safety efforts over the course of the next year. The community is able to do so thanks to a received grant aimed at conducting roadside safety checkpoints every week for the next 12 months. Currently, law enforcement in Joliet reports that it plans on conducting at least one roadside safety check per month.

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