Illinois residents are very familiar with the impacts of drunk driving. While thousands of people die as a result of drunk driving, the efforts of the government and the state in reducing DUI-related crashes are also expanding. In fact, following a drunk driving crash, drunk drivers are not necessarily the only ones liable for the damages. There are cases in which bars and the people who serve drunk drivers alcohol are subject to civil liability as well. This is due to the dram shop law.
Traffic regulations are meant to ensure the safety of all motorists and other people on the nation's roadways. Although most drivers follow these rules, some do not. When drivers fail to obey even the simplest of these rules, such as yielding the right of way and obeying posted speed limits, the results are often catastrophic. An auto accident can both change and end lives in just a fraction of a second.
Collisions between two cars are the most common type of traffic accidents on roadways in most of the country, including Illinois. These auto accidents often produce catastrophic injuries and deaths. Naturally, after any car accident, the question of who was at fault arises. If you were involved in a car accident and have sustained injuries as a result of that collision, then you may be wondering if you are entitled to compensation. You may be, but first fault and liability must be established.
Some Illinois residents may be unaware of the statewide "move over" law, which requires drivers to give clearance to authorized emergency vehicles, such as police cars, that are stopped on the side of the road. Motorists' failure to follow this law too often puts police officers, emergency responders and stranded motorists at risk of serious injury.