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Illinois Wrongful Death Caused By Drunk Driver

Last month the Chicago Tribune shared the story of a woman killed in a deadly car crash after the car she was traveling in was hit head-on by a drunk driver on Illinois Highway 394.

The accident occurred early last month on the Bishop Ford Freeway. The negligent driver was a Lynwood village official. He was so impaired by alcohol that he ultimately drove his car onto the highway headed in the wrong direction. The victim was a passenger in a car headed south on the highway. Eventually the drunk driver’s vehicle collided with the oncoming car.

The victim died at the scene, and there were several other injuries. The negligent driver was injured as was the driver of the car carrying the deceased victim. The family of the victim has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and the city of Lynwood-the driver was in a city owned vehicle at the time.

Drunk driver remains a problem of troubling proportions. The statistics are always sobering. Last year over 250 Illinoisans were killed in alcohol-related crashes. Nationwide around 11,000 people die yearly because of drunk drivers. Over 1/3 of all car crashes have alcohol-impaired driving as a cause.

Our Chicago car accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti urge all drivers to be smart and safe on the roads this season. Use designated drivers. Take a cab. Use public transit. Walk to close locations. The consequences are too high to risk harming yourself, a loved one, or a fellow traveler. If you happen to get caught in the crosshairs of the negligence of another driver, be sure to contact our car accident lawyers to protect your legal interests.

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