More than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired accidents in the United States last year. To put that number in perspective, that means 30 people each day, and accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic related fatalities. Even more tragic is the fact that more than 200 of these victims were under 14 years of age.
Earlier this week, a Skokie woman was on trial for the car accident that took the life of a 9-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to all charges, and could face up to 14 years in prison at her sentencing in March. The 23-year-old was charged with felony aggravated DUI resulting in death, as well as misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of drugs.
According to officials, the defendant was leaving her workplace in Skokie on May 22nd and traveling down St. Louis Avenue when she turned left onto Main Street. The woman then struck a passing van, causing her car to spin over a nearby median onto a corner sidewalk, where the boy was riding his bike. The car pushed the child’s bike across St. Louis Avenue until it eventually hit a parked car; he was pronounced dead at the scene. In the investigation that followed, prosecutors said that blood and urine tests confirmed the driver was under the influence during the time of the accident.
Despite the evidence mounted against her, the defendant’s move for a “blind plea deal” surprised many involved in the case, due to the defendant’s prior refusal to accept a plea deal on three separate occasions which all stipulated that she would be sentenced to only five years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea. The defendant is currently being held in Cook County Jail until her sentencing in lieu of bond. (Chicago Tribune)
Over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics last year, and the scary part is that’s only one percent of the 112 million self-reported incidents of alcohol-impaired driving each year. The actions of drunk or drugged drivers can be unpredictable and erratic, and our lawyers have seen the terrible effects that these individuals can have on families when their actions turn deadly. In addition to criminal cases such as this one, civil car accident lawsuits help victims seek justice when their worlds are turned upside down as a result of someone else’s negligence. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our lawyers recently handled a Kane County trucking accident case for the family of a 32-year-old woman killed by a truck driver operating his tractor-trailer under the influence. We were able to recover a $4.7 million settlement for our clients, including $1.5 million for injuries suffered by the woman’s husband and $300,000 for the injuries of her son. The wrongful death portion of the settlement was the highest wrongful death settlement in Kane County.
We know the challenges that come with returning to a normal way of life after a traumatic accident, and that is why we are here to lend a hand.