Nothing new can be said about the incredible recklessness and danger of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. The risk to oneself and others is far too high to ever entertain the idea. That risk includes both physical harm and criminal sanctions.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week on one local driver who was sentenced to six years in prison following a late 2009 car accident that ended the life of a 29-year old man. The Chicago car crash struck on Interstate 55 in December of 2009.
The aggressive driver watched a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game at the West End bar on Madison Street before the accident. Following the game he left the bar and started driving home. He began speeding on the highway, traveling over 80 miles per hour before losing control of the car. He eventually hit the median and flew into the opposite lanes of traffic. His car slammed head-on into the victim who was traveling home after working at his second job. The victim was rushed to a local hospital after being pulled from the considerable wreckage. However, there was little that medical professionals could do, and he died less than an hour after the crash.
Local authorities noticed that the negligent driver appeared drunk at the scene of the crash. The man refused a Breathalyzer. However, a test taken at the emergency room revealed a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.
He was initially charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI. He eventually pled guilty to the aggravated DUI charge. A judge last week ordered that he be sentenced to six years in prison for his conduct.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti are experts in the legal issues related to these accidents. Various potential issues exist, including the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit being filed. The law is clear in holding negligent parties responsible for their conduct from the drunk driver to an establishment that allows a drunk individual to over-consume and place others at risk. Be sure to get in touch with proper lawyers if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.
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