The numbers tell the story. 300,000 incidents each day. 1.41 million arrests each year. 211 child fatalities. $132 billion in economic costs. Even with all our advances in technology and our hands free on board computer innovations, when someone chooses to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there is little we can do to intervene. As the statistics above indicate, we can’t always prevent the carelessness of others from affecting us, and many times our only choice in the matter lies in the actions we take after the fact. Drugged and drunk driving car accidents are among the leading causes of severe injuries and traffic fatalities in our country, and judicial systems around the country are making it clear that it won’t be tolerated. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
Yesterday, the man responsible for the car accident that injured two Chicago police officers on Tuesday was arrested on drug charges after several bags of marijuana were found in his vehicle. According to a Chicago Police News Affairs Officer, the two officers were responding to a call around 7:20 p.m. when the defendant made an illegal left turn, slamming his Toyota Camry into the front end of the police SUV. The officers were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, and where deemed to have non-life threatening injuries.
The defendant admitted smoking marijuana in his vehicle before the crash, and police later found two bags containing more than 50 grams of marijuana in total. At present the man has been charged with the manufacture and delivery of marijuana, and has received two citations for driving under the influence, as well as two citations for not having insurance and making an improper left turn while failing to yield the right of way. (Chicago Tribune)
Our personal injury lawyers know that accidents like these are more common than most people might think, and we work every day to right the wrongs done to our clients and their families. Our attorneys recently tried a case in which a wife and mother was killed by a truck driver who was operating his vehicle under the influence. Our team was able to recover a $6.5 million settlement for the surviving family of the victim.
Accidents happen every day, but there is a marked distinction between honest mistakes and clear negligence. The injuries that result from operating a vehicle under the influence can relegate victims to hospital beds for months at a time, and cost them months of missed wages. Our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to handle this adversity, and we have the experience to do it.