April 6, 2013

Skokie Man Killed By Impaired Driver at Crosswalk

by Levin & Perconti

Alcohol-impaired driving is no joke. Last year roughly 10,000 people died in drunk driving car accidents, and this number is just a fraction when compared to the amount of people who are seriously injured. In total, these accidents add up to an estimated $37 billion dollars annually, but that’s thinking in terms of the macrocosm. At Levin Perconti our accident lawyers are concerned with the individual. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

We know that sometimes it is easy to become desensitized to these types of data sets because most people view them as far off occurrences, but our firm knows that these generalized national averages are real issues affecting real people. Even one loss due to a careless or negligent driver is a terrible tragedy.

Yesterday afternoon, a 57-year old man was killed after being struck by a drunk driver in Skokie. According to reports from police, the accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. while the victim was attempting to cross the road at the intersection of Skokie Boulevard and Main Street. The driver, a 32-year-old Evanston woman was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. At this time the particulars of the case are unclear, and police said the investigation is ongoing. (Chicago Tribune)

Often times, it is only when it is too late that we realize how tragic these types of preventable accidents are. Alcohol awareness programs and things like high visibility sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be effective methods of reducing alcohol related driving accidents, but we aren’t out of the woods yet. Our attorneys help families deal with the short and long term effects of drunk driving car accident injuries everyday, and we are committed to ensuring that these numbers continue to decline. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

We have spent the past 21 years fighting for the rights of Illinois residents after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Our clients’ injuries have ranged from broken bones to traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and it is not uncommon for victims injured in these accidents to require surgery. This gives us a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the medical details that can make the difference in our clients’ cases, as well as in their subsequent recoveries.

While national policies and projects to prevent drunk and impaired driving accidents are always a good thing, but it is individual people like you and me choosing to take a taxi home, or stay at a friend’s house for the night that make the difference. Always watch out for your friends and yourself, your responsible actions may seem insignificant, but if everyone does their part it can truly make a huge difference.

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