On Wednesday, The Madison St. Clair Record reported about an accident involving a taxicab passenger and an intoxicated driver. The drunk driver ran his car into the side of the taxi in which the victim was a passenger, and because he suffered serious neck and jaw injuries, the man filed a lawsuit against the intoxicated driver. The lawsuit claims that the victim was unable to partake in normal every day activities, and as a result of the accident, had to face expensive medical bills. According to the article, the victim asked for more than $50,000 in damages and $50,000 in punitive damages in the lawsuit.
The dangers of driving under the influence clearly do not only affect the drunk driver, but also others on the road, as this accident clearly shows. As reported in some of our Chicago car accident lawyers’ previous posts, driving under the influence is 100% avoidable and preventable. The website AboutDWI.com has a chart that illustrates the number of drinks associated with the BAC level and how likely a driver with that certain amount of consumed drinks is to be in an accident. The site states that even if a driver only has two beers within one hour, they are already close to being 1.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
Prevention for drunk driving has a simple solution; do not drive after drinking or while drunk. This is something that is especially common during weekends or on holidays, because there are more opportunities to drink, but instead of driving home, get a family member or friend as a sober driver, or take public transportation.
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can harm, seriously injure, or even kill other people on the road. DrunkDriving.org warns that despite the fact that most people understand the dangers of driving under the influence, alcohol related deaths have continuously increased over the last ten years. Our Chicago car accident attorneys encourage readers to explore websites and resource with information on drunk driving because they provide helpful information and alarming statistics that further reinforce the dangers of drunk driving, amongst other issues.
When a negligent driver gets behind the wheel and harms someone else, it is important that he or she is held accountable for their actions. As with the example above, drunk driving is negligent action and victims have the right to seek redress in a court of law when they are harmed. Our lawyers have successfully handled many cases for injured victims involved in car accidents because of another driver’s recklessness and may be able to help you.