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As we’ve talked about again and again on this blog, drunk driving doesn’t just hurt individuals, it hurts families and communities. Roughly 28 people die each day because of these accidents, and the estimated annual national cost of alcohol-related car accidents totals over $132 billion a year. This week, the City of Chicago signed off on $16 million in settlements for individuals injured by a drunken city worker in 2011. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

According to Chicago police reports, the laborer in question was driving a city owned Ford F-150 pickup truck with a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit when he jumped a curb and plowed into a crowd of people enjoying a Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Cedar and Rush Street. The accident, which occurred on May 21st 2011, left multiple people seriously injured and nearly claimed the life of a 20-month-old child being carried in a stroller, if not for it being pushed away from the area of the collision at the last second. Upon investigation of the accident, an open bottle of brandy was found in the cab of the man’s pickup truck.

This Monday, the Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee signed a settlement that allocated $7.4 million in compensation for a now 26-year-old year old women, who was one of the most seriously injured victims in the incident. The City Council Finance Committee also signed off on various other settlements, including $2.4 million for a client of Levin & Perconti, who suffered several spinal fractures and was hospitalized for 6 days following the accident. The driver of the vehicle pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated driving under the influence, and was sentenced to 9 years in prison. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Our Chicago accident attorneys know that drunk driving is one of the biggest problems in the United States today. Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested last year for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, and every day about 27 people die at the hands of these drunk drivers. Accidents caused by the recklessness of drunk drivers have left millions of Americans with traumatic and permanent injuries, which they and their family will have to deal with for the rest of their lives. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Yesterday, the City of Chicago’s Finance committee endorsed the payment of $6.25 million in compensation to a man who experienced brain damage and permanent disability as the result of reckless actions by a drunken city worker. The full council will meet again on Wednesday, and are expected to vote to approve the settlement.

According to police reports, the city worker in question was driving his city pickup truck with a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit when he jumped a curb and rammed his truck into a crowd gathered on a Gold Coast sidewalk, leaving many people severely injured. The city worker pled guilty to four counts of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol, and is now serving a 9-year prison sentence. (Chicago Tribune)

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John J. Perconti of Levin & Perconti has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Kane County, Illinois on behalf of a woman who was killed in a serious car accident last fall. The 32-year-olc woman’s vehicle was hit by a truck, causing her to crash into the Illinois Department of Transportation dump truck in front of her. The woman is survived by her husband and 3-year-old son, who were both seriously injured in the truck accident. The truck driver was reportedly under the influence of marijuana and half of the brakes on his semitrailer were deemed out of alignment and inadequate for stopping. Although criminal charges have not been filed yet, the death has been ruled a homicide.

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Levin & Perconti has filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of Melinda Tomzik against a Chicago-area driver for the personal injuries she sustained in an automobile accident. The suit was filed on July 9, 2008.

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Steven Levin of Levin & Perconti and Stephen Gorman, Attorney at Law, have announced a recent settlement in a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Levin and Gorman filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of Anastasia Gadomski who was severely and permanently injured when Cater Minnis struck her with his car. The defendants settled for $1.85 million. Anastasia, or “Sissy” as her friends and family know her, was a vibrant and active woman who enjoyed spending time with her family and was always involved in her community. However, the accident has robbed her permanently of her former personality. Sissy was struck by Cater Minnis’s vehicle as he backed out of a parking garage while on business. Minnis is a State Farm Insurance agent based on Chicago’s south side. To read more, click here.

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Jeffrey Martin of Levin & Perconti has filed a personal injury lawsuit regarding a woman who was rear-ended by a man who was driving illegally. The automobile accident occurred in Palatine, Illinois when the defendant failed to reduce his speed or stop his vehicle at a red light. As a result of the car accident, the woman suffers from severe and permanent disabling injuries and physical and mental anguish stemming from serious, debilitating back pain. Consequently, she will be unable to engage in her usual duties and affairs.