Recently, WGNRadio.com posted an article detailing the report of a devastating Chicago Motorcycle accident. The victim was driving his motorcycle when he was fatally struck by a vehicle whose driver’s intoxication level was well over the legal limit.
Having just departed from a birthday party celebrating the 10th birthday of his twins, the 47 year old motorcyclist was on his way to work at O’Hare International Airport when a vehicle took a spacious left hand turn that caused a grave collision with the motorcycle. While the driver of the automobile passed a field sobriety test that was administered at the scene, a breathalyzer was not utilized until 4 hours after the accident. According to the police reports, the driver’s blood alcohol content was estimated to be between 0.084-0.123, exceeding Illinois’s legal limit of 0.08. This case, which is currently being brought to trial, recounts the drunk driver’s repeated DUI convictions, as well as, history of substance abuse which ultimately resulted in the revocation of his dentist license.
The overwhelming number of Illinois drunk driving accidents is a significant cause for concern. According to CyberdriveIllinois.com, which recently published an Illinois DUI Fact-book, stated that in 2009 alone 309 Illinois residents died as a result of a drunk driving related accident. In the United States as a whole, over 10,839 fatalities resulted from an alcohol related automobile accident. Fortunately, Illinois has been making strides to prevent alcohol related accidents. One of these strides is the implementation of Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). The BAIID is a device that requires first time DUI offenders to pass a breathalyzer test in order for their vehicle to start.
Our Chicago accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti strongly advise against driving under the influence. Not only are you putting yourself in danger by operating a vehicle while intoxicated, you are putting others (whether drivers or pedestrians) at risk as well. With the summer months upon us and the 4th of July quickly around the corner, the probability of alcohol related accidents is on the rise. We recommend taking every precaution to avoid a devastating situation such as this one. In the unfortunate scenario that you or someone you know is a victim of a drunk driving accident, it is important to keep in mind that victims of DUI’s have the right to take legal action to hold wrongdoers accountable for their personal injury or loss of a loved one.