This time of year, many Illinois residents partake in alcoholic beverages, often as part of a social gathering. Although this can be done responsibly, some in the Chicago-area, and throughout Illinois, choose to drive after drinking. These individuals may think that they aren't intoxicated, or they might erroneously think that drinking makes them a better driver because they are more attentive, but this is far from the truth. The fact remains that these drunk drivers can cause devastating accidents that leave victims with extensive damages.
Drunk drivers abound in the Chicago area, whether we like to think about it or not. At any given moment, day or night, a drunk driver can take an individual by surprise and cause a drunk driving accident leading to serious injuries. If you have been hurt in this type of accident, then you know the amount of pain and suffering and the extent of financial damage that can be caused. In the aftermath of such a wreck, you may find yourself wondering how best to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who injured you.
Sometimes the worlds of criminal and civil law coincide. One area where this may occur is when a victim has filed a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois against a drunk driver. The defendant may have faced criminal charges for the incident, but the result of that case does not necessarily have an effect on the outcome of the civil lawsuit. However, the victim may try to use evidentiary tactics in an attempt to establish that the defendant was negligent, his or her negligence caused the accident in question and that accident resulted in the victim's damages.
It would be easy to think that drunk driving could be nearly eliminated given crackdowns by law enforcement and increased media coverage of the dangers of driving while intoxicated. Yet far too many drivers still drink and drive, putting Chicago motorists in the line of fire.
Now that warmer weather has arrived in the Chicago area, many people find themselves enjoying the outdoors, planning barbeques and family gatherings, and taking to the road for vacations and quick getaways. As fun as this time of year can be, it can also be fatal. As alcohol pours for those enjoying these get-togethers and holidays, far too many choose to climb behind the wheel after they have become intoxicated.
Drunk driving remains a prevalent problem across our country, state and city. Far too many Chicago-area residents make the decision to drink and drive, putting countless others at risk of being subjected to serious injuries and death. Those who are injured in a drunk driving accident can suffer significant damages stretching from the physical to the financial, and surviving families of those wrongfully killed in these wrecks can face additional struggles.