On Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported on a car accident involving a family who had been planning a car trip to Wisconsin. A mother and son were killed when their vehicle was struck by another vehicle in Jefferson Park. Three others passengers in their car were injured, along with the driver of the other vehicle. His car collided with the family’s vehicle, causing the family to run into a light pole.
In a follow up report, it was noted that the negligent driver was speeding, and was also under the influence of marijuana when the accident occurred. The driver was criminally charged with five felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence, two of them for the wrongful deaths of the mother and her son. He was driving on a suspended license, and was charged with failure to reduce speed and operating a vehicle without insurance. The motorist is still in the hospital from injuries acquired during the crash, however his bond is set at $2 million. The charges report that urine test that had tested positive for marijuana “to a degree that rendered incapable of safely driving”.
As we have talked about many times before on this blog, deaths caused by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are completely avoidable and preventable. Intoxicated drivers endanger themselves and other motorists and pedestrians on the road. Often this type of driving can lead to serious injuries or even wrongful death. Our Chicago car accident attorneys agree that driving under the influence is never acceptable, and when those who drive drunk and seriously injure others should be held responsible for their reckless actions.
Injured victims and the families of people wrongfully killed by reckless drivers should be able to seek justice for their injuries or loss. Injured victims in this type of accident are often faced with costly medical bills. Families of deceased victims are must handle their loved ones medical bills, loss of income, must pay for funeral costs, all while dealing with the pain and sorrow of losing a family member. Car accident lawsuits allow these victims to receive damages and hold wrongdoers responsible for their misconduct. Contact us if you would learn more about how our Illinois car accident attorneys can work for you.