Even with all the laws and education over the devastation results of drinking and driving, thousands of deaths and injuries still occur by the dangerous activity every year. When a drunk driver causes a Chicago auto accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC remain committed to holding the driver fully accountable and legally responsible for our client's injuries.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), driving while intoxicated or impaired killed over 10,000 people in 2010, accounting for almost one-third of auto fatalities. If you, or a loved one, have been seriously injured or killed by a drunk driver, we are here to help. Our law office has successfully prosecuted drunk driving accidents across most counties in Illinois.
Illinois Laws to Prevent Drunk Driving & Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
In 2009, Illinois had 381 fatalities where the driver was over the legal limit for blood alcohol content (DUI). Although Illinois enforces the clear, concise laws against drinking and driving, catastrophic tragedies still occur. Since 1995, Illinois has enforced its “Zero Tolerance Law” involving underage drinking and driving; meaning no amount of alcohol is allowed for those under the age of 21 who are behind the wheel. For those of legal drinking age, the law states:
(625 ILCS 5/11-501)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-501)
Sec. 11-501. Driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds or any combination thereof.
(a) A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle within this State while:
(1) the alcohol concentration in the person's blood or breath is 0.08 or more based on the definition of blood and breath units in Section 11-501.2;
(2) under the influence of alcohol;
(3) under the influence of any intoxicating compound or combination of intoxicating compounds to a degree that renders the person incapable of driving safely;
(4) under the influence of any other drug or combination of drugs to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely driving;
(5) under the combined influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely driving; or
(6) there is any amount of a drug, substance, or compound in the person's breath, blood, or urine resulting from the unlawful use or consumption of cannabis listed in the Cannabis Control Act, a controlled substance listed in the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, an intoxicating compound listed in the Use of Intoxicating Compounds Act, or methamphetamine as listed in the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act.
(b) The fact that any person charged with violating this Section is or has been legally entitled to use alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, shall not constitute a defense against any charge of violating this Section
Prominent Role of Alcohol in Illinois Traffic Accident Cases
Regardless if the motorist receives a citation for driving while under the influence of alcohol, if they are to blame for a car accident, they can be held civilly liable. The fact that they were drinking may be used to show negligence in the case. One of our experienced drunk driving injury attorneys can build a strong case proving the drunk driver's negligence by using police reports, expert testimony and witness accounts.Chicago Car Accident Attorneys Ready to Hold Intoxicated Motorists Fully Responsible For Their Acts
If a drunk driver has injured you, or someone in your family was injured or lost their life due to this criminal act, our car crash attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help you recover financial damages for your loss or injury. We are willing to meet with you, free of charge, to discuss your case and determine the best course of action for your situation. We work on a contingency basis, so there is no fee to you unless we obtain a financial award in your case.
Resources concerning alcohol related accidents on the road:
Role of alcohol and drugs in trucking accidents (see here)