DailyHerald.com reports that a driver who was traveling the wrong way on the Kennedy Expressway was arrested earlier this morning for driving under the influence. A Chicago car accident lawyer at our firm learned that Illinois State Police were notified at around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning with reports that a passenger vehicle was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes on Interstate 90 near Nagle. Shortly thereafter, local authorities attempted to pursue the passenger vehicle – however, the vehicle was ultimately stopped by an Illinois Department of Transportation maintenance vehicle.
It was reported that the maintenance vehicle noticed the passenger vehicle traveling the wrong way and immediately turned on its yellow hazard lights. The vehicle subsequently pulled over where Illinois police issued the driver of the passenger vehicle a field sobriety test. The driver failed the test and was immediately arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. Fortunately, our Chicago accident lawyers learned that no one was injured in the incident.
Any Chicago accident lawyer will tell you that driving under the influence substantially increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents resulting in severe injury or even premature fatality. Additionally, the more alcohol that is consumed by the driver, the risks associated dramatically increases. According to DUIPrevention.org, in 2006 roughly 17,600 people died in motor vehicle accident involving alcohol – accounting for more than 40% of all traffic-related fatalities. It has been also reported that in 2006, over 1.46 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.
In the state of Illinois alone, based on accident statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were approximately 208 fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2010 – resulting in over 225 fatalities. Our accident attorneys in Chicago learned that this was an unfortunate increase of 34 fatalities from 2009. Of the number of fatal accidents, statistics reveal that 55 of these accidents were alcohol-related fatal collisions – with approximately 65 deaths resulting.
In the unfortunate circumstance you or a loved one has sustained serious harm or even death at the hands of a drunk driver; you may be able to obtain compensation for damages sustained. Civil litigation often helps compensate accident victims for medical expenses, lost wages, as well as, physical and emotional pain and suffering. Please contact an experienced accident attorney at Levin & Perconti as soon as possible to see what legal rights, representation and relief may be available to you.