Three days ago, The State Journal-Register posted an article online that discussed a fatal Illinois car accident. The accident was a one-car accident, involving a pick up truck driven by a middle-aged man, with a young woman passenger. The driver drifted off of the road, lost control of the car, and ultimately crashed into a ditch. The woman was killed in the accident, and the driver was charged with DUI, along with improper lane usage.
Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is, as we have said numerous times before, completely avoidable and preventable. When drinking, regardless of where you are, make sure that you have a designated driver home. If you do not have a designated driver, do not drive. Find a friend, or family member who can pick you up, or take a taxicab or public transportation home.
After reading this article, our Chicago car accident lawyers thought that it would be important to remind our readers of what constitutes driver negligence. Negligence occurs when someone fails to operate his or her vehicle with reasonable care. When someone else is injured as a result of someone’s carelessness, they have the right to seek justice. Although we do not know all of the facts of the case, in this particular case, the driver involved in this accident could possibly be found negligent because he was under the influence of alcohol, and made the reckless decision to drive drunk. If he had avoided this dangerous behavior, the young woman who was killed would probably still be alive.
Car accident lawsuits are an effective way to not only receive fair compensation for the harms caused, but also to bring justice to someone who has been seriously injured, or to loved ones of a person who may have been killed. Along with these benefits, it can also help to bring the issue of the dangers of driving under the influence to the attention of the public.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, we may be able to help you. Serious injuries suffered in car accidents can result in long-term medical care and costly medical bills. Accidents can cause victims to lose their ability to work or temporary absence from work, severely affecting a family’s earnings. Filing a lawsuit can also bring you some peace of mind and reassurance in knowing that the negligent driver was held responsible for his or her careless actions and decisions. Our Illinois car accident attorneys encourage you to contact us with any questions, and to learn your legal options.