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‘Drugged Driving’ Accidents: A Serious Threat to Illinois Motorists

We have all seen the commercials warning drivers about the dangers of drunk driving; everywhere you look there is a “buzzed driving is drunk driving” poster, or a Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) ad. However, in addition to the crusade on drunk driving, many states have started attempting to educate their residents about another danger, “Drugged Driving”.

Illinois has accompanied many other states to send a clear message: drugged driving is extremely hazardous, and won’t be tolerated. The state is sending the message in the courtroom as well.

This Tuesday, a Cook County woman had her charged upgraded from driving under the influence, to aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance. The Palatine woman is accused of inhaling a compound used for cleaning keyboards and electronics before driving, resulting in a near fatal accident in April of this year.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the defendant lost consciousness behind the wheel, causing her sedan to crash into another vehicle. In addition to the inhalants, the Assistant State Attorney added that tests found heroin, codeine, and cocaine in the defendants system following the accident.

The defendant and her two passengers, as well as two passengers from the other car were hospitalized after the accident. As of this articles publication, an 84 year-old woman still remains in the hospital.

This accident is yet another example of what MADD calls “A growing threat on our roadways.” Drugged Driving, especially Inhalation of intoxicating substances or “huffing”, has been especially prevalent in Chicago news recently. It has been little over a month since Lake County prosecutors charged another metro-Chicago resident with reckless homicide after her actions resulted in the death of a young girl.

Drugged Driving seriously compromises the cognition of drivers, and is responsible for more than 9,000 deaths a year, almost 20% of all motor vehicle fatalities. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) At Levin & Perconti, our lawyers know that careless actions by others behind the wheel can have tragic reverberations through their victim’s lives. Many of the thousands of people injured by drugged drivers are left with no choice but to accumulate massive medical bills while simultaneously facing the reality of not knowing when they will be able to go back to work.

Throughout the past 20 years, our accident lawyers have handled nearly every type of negligent auto accident case and have been successful doing it. To date, Levin & Perconti has recovered more than $400 million for our clients and their families, including a recent record $4.7 million Kane County wrongful death settlement for the family of a woman killed by a driver under the influence of marijuana.

Accidents caused by the carelessness of others, such as drugged driving, can leave you not knowing where to turn. Levin & Perconti has the experience to steer your in the right direction, ensuring you and your family get the compensation you deserve.

If you or one of your family members have been injured by a negligent driver, or you think you may have a case, please call us at 877-374-1417 for a free consultation to explore your options.