Nationally, alcohol related accidents are on a steady decline. The most recent statistics show a 5% decline in drunk driving car accident deaths from the previous year, and this is definitely something to be proud of. Still, as of this year, car accidents citing alcohol as a main factor made up nearly one third of all traffic fatalities, showing that there is definitely room for improvement.
Yesterday, a Chicago car accident on the eastbound Eisenhower Expressway took the life of a 29-year-old woman and left three others seriously injured. According to officials, the woman had pulled off the road, and had parked her Nissan Altima on the shoulder of I-290 around 5:45 a.m. when a Mazda 6 rear-ended her car. The victim was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in Cook County, and was pronounced dead at 7:07 a.m. Another passenger of the Nissan as well as the two occupants of the Mazda were also taken to Stroger Hospital, and are all currently all listed in serious condition.
Following the accident, Illinois State Police temporarily shut down the freeway to conduct an investigation, the results of which led them to believe that speed and alcohol likely played a role in the crash. Charges are pending, and will be clearer upon the conclusion of the investigation. (Chicago Tribune)
In a recent study, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that last year adults in the United States got behind the wheel 112 million times with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. That’s just under 300,000 incidents of drunk driving every single day. All in all, the mixture of excessive alcohol and driving took nearly 10,000 lives last year, and left thousands of others with life altering injuries. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
In addition to the toll that drunk driving injuries and fatalities take, the accidents that result from alcohol impaired driving cost the United States $132 billion a year. This can manifest itself in the form of medical bills, insurance costs, and lost wages. Our lawyers have spent more than 20 years working for the victims of drunk driving accidents. We are committed to aiding our clients in overcoming the trauma that these accidents bring, whether it be physical, emotional, or financial.
Our lawyers have handled several high-profile cases recently for clients injured because of the negligent or reckless actions of an impaired driver. In one of the most notable such cases, our attorneys secured a settlement in excess of $6 million for the family of a woman killed by a truck driver operating his vehicle under the influence. Every car accident lawyer at our firm has experience helping clients regain their footing after an accident, and if you have experienced an injury at the hands of someone else’s carelessness, we may be able help you too.