Last year, more than 10,000 people were killed in car accidents caused by an impaired driver. Driving under the influence of any drug is extremely dangerous, as it hinders one’s motor skills, reaction time, and often their judgment. Drunk driving has been a familiar topic to Americans for decades, but in recent years, more attention has been paid to the dangers of drugs, and legislation is emerging across the country as a result.
Earlier this week, an Aurora man was charged with driving while under the influence in connection with a motorcycle accident late Friday night. According to reports from the Kane County Sheriff’s office, the man rear-ended the motorcycle on Route 38 around 11:30 a.m., and the motorcyclist was transported to Delnor Hospital in nearby Geneva for treatment. In addition to his DUI, the 33-year-old defendant has also been charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured vehicle, and possession of between 2.5 and 10 grams of marijuana. Court records indicate that this isn’t the driver’s first run in with the law, citing a May 30th change for illegal transportation of liquor disregarding a stop sign, and an additional drug charge. (Kane County Chronicle)
It’s always important to be cognizant of the fact that driving is a responsibility, and should be treated as such. Risks taken by a single person behind the wheel affect not just themselves, but everyone around them as well, including passengers, fellow motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Individuals who continually display recklessness and negligence while driving, such as the defendant listed above, must be held accountable for their actions, and our lawyers have a wealth of experience doing just that.
Currently, 44 States and the District of Columbia have installed Drug Evaluation and Classification Programs, which train police officers to be experts in Drug Recognition, and many states, including Illinois, have also passed “per se” laws that make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle with detectable levels of a prohibited drug or metabolite in your system. Motor vehicle injuries can often be severe, and sometimes it can take months to get back on your feet. Our lawyers believe that no one should ever be penalized for an accident caused by the thoughtlessness. We will work with you and your family and get the compensation you need to pay medical bills and insurance costs, allowing you to relax and focus on recovery. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Our lawyers know that victims often do not know where to turn when they have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in an accident and it’s not uncommon to feel like you have nowhere to go. Our attorneys have many years of experience handling accident lawsuits, and we are here to help you navigate their many intricacies so that justice can be served.