Every day, nearly 30 people across the United States lose their lives because of a motor vehicle accident involving an alcohol-impaired driver. If you do the math, that’s one fatality every 48 minutes. However, losing a loved one isn’t the only burden associated with these crashes; the annual cost of drunk driving car accidents exceeds $51 billion annually, and this takes a tremendous toll on families. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Last Friday, an Aurora man was charged in a crash that killed a Naperville bicyclist in September of the previous year. According to reports from a Naperville police Commander, the victim, a 56-year-old woman, was traveling near Diehl Road and Freedom Drive south of Interstate 88 when the accident occurred. As the woman attempted to cross the road just east of the intersection of Diehl and Freedom, she was struck by a gray, 2006 Nissan Titan pickup truck, and thrown from her bicycle. Paramedics responded to the scene, and transported the victim to nearby Edward Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The Naperville Police Department said that they consulted with investigators from the DuPage County State’s Attorney office before charging the defendant with aggravated driving under the influence of a controlled substance. An examination of Will County Circuit Court documents also revealed that Naperville police had previously arrested the defendant for his connection to three home burglaries in 1997 and 2002, and that the 36-year-old man has been found guilty in at least three separate instances for drug-related offenses and has served jail time for one instance of resisting a police officer in Aurora. He is currently free on $25,000 bond, and is awaiting his trial. (CBS Chicago)
Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have fallen 65% since 1982, when record keeping began, and 49% since the inception of The Century Council in 1991. Still, despite this favorable trend, more than 10,000 people are still killed each year because of the reckless and negligent actions of individuals who got behind the wheel while intoxicated. This accounts for roughly 1/3rd of total vehicle traffic fatalities every year, so it is safe to say that there is still a great deal of progress to be made. (Century Council)
Unfortunately, even if you and your family practice safe driving, and think ahead to determine a safe way to get home, there are some things that are out of your control. Our lawyers believe that you should never be unnecessarily penalized for an accident you had no part in causing. If you or a loved one have been injured because of a drunk driver, call us; we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve, enabling you to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and future health costs.