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Lombard, IL Dram Shop personal injury lawyer

Even after years of aggressive marketing campaigns and education, drunk driving still remains one of the biggest threats to American drivers and passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 10,800 deaths from alcohol-related traffic crashes in the United States in 2017. More than 300 of those people were killed in Illinois, representing 30 percent of all of Illinois’ traffic deaths in 2017. Even more people have been injured because of alcohol-related traffic accidents. Many of these accidents are serious and tragic, especially since they can almost always be prevented. Families of injured or deceased victims often look to place blame somewhere. In the state of Illinois, one of the entities that can possibly be held responsible for drunk drivers is the establishment where the drivers drank the alcohol, often a bar or restaurant.

What Is the Dram Shop Act?

Also known as the Illinois Liquor Control Act, the Dram Shop Act is what allows bars and other specific establishments to be held liable for damages that are caused by an intoxicated person. The Act states that people who have suffered injuries or sustained damages caused by an intoxicated person to whom alcohol was sold by an establishment can place liability for such damages or injuries on the establishment itself.

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IL injury lawyerGetting behind the wheel of a car is inherently risky, but when someone chooses to drive drunk, the danger is exponentially increased. Car accidents happen every day, and sometimes people are hurt, but accidents involving drunk drivers tend to be much more serious because intoxicated drivers tend to drive quite erratically and can unknowingly cross over into oncoming traffic, or enter a highway from the wrong direction. The resulting injuries can be devastating, and force the victim to incur high medical bills and months or years of lost wages trying to recover. In some cases, the victims do not survive, and the need for compensation by the family is even greater.

As an example, a Waukegan woman was charged with DUI and aggravated DUI causing death when she ran a red light and killed a married couple in the ensuing crash. The woman was found to be intoxicated at more than twice the legal limit. However, criminal culpability for driving while intoxicated does not automatically equal civil liability for car accident injuries. Fault must still be proven, and in drunk driving cases it is important to look at the responsibility of both the driver and the establishment who served the alcohol, as both could be liable for accident injuries. A discussion of how drunk driving impacts a car accident personal injury case, will follow below.

Holding the Driver Responsible

In order to hold anyone at fault for an injury, it is first necessary to prove he/she was negligent. Negligence essentially means that a person failed to exercise reasonable care, an obligation all drivers have to operate their vehicles – in a safe and prudent manner and that this failure led to an injury. On the issue of a drunk driver, a person can be held both criminally and civilly responsible for their actions. Thus, if the driver that caused the injury was drunk, he/she can still be sued to recover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.

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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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holiday drinking, DuPage County personal injury lawyerThe holiday season is in full swing and the New Year is almost upon us. While invitations for get-togethers and celebrations are flowing, soon will be the drinks. From eggnog to top shelf spirits, enjoying alcohol responsibly is important for your safety and for those around you. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 47 percent of Illinois motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol.

Even though it is easier than ever to hire a designated driver, rideshare, or taxi cab, people still decide to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. This puts their lives, as well as innocent people around them, at risk of injury or death.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident where drunk driving is suspected on the part of the other driver, retaining the services of an experienced personal injury attorney is advisable. A legal team can support you, and has the resources and tools to investigate fully and seek the best result for you. If you received serious injuries, medical care can be costly and lengthy and the mental anguish can linger for years to come.

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DuPage County car accident attorneys, intoxicated driverIt is hard to not feel outraged when you spot an intoxicated driver, especially considering how many lives the driver is putting at risk. You may become so irritated, in fact, that you attempt to stop him or her from driving, and thereby keep the driver from doing harm to others. Unfortunately, this Good Samaritan kind of act could actually be just as dangerous. Learn how to appropriately handle an intoxicated driver, and what your options are, should you or someone you love encounter one.

Never Try to Stop an Intoxicated Driver

While it might seem like the right thing to do in the heat of the moment, you should never attempt to stop an intoxicated driver yourself. At best, the actions of an intoxicated driver are unpredictable, and by trying to shadow the driver, pull up next to him or her, or otherwise interact with the driver can increase your risk of an accident. Moreover, these actions can also put those around you at an increased risk for an accident, injury, or death. Instead, if you spot an intoxicated driver, take down his or her license plate number and call the authorities.

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