Even with all the laws and education that is directed at stopping drinking and driving, there are still an astronomical amount of deaths and injuries due to this dangerous activity. When a drunk driver causes a Chicago auto accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a law firm committed to holding the operator fully accountable for our clients injuries.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 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 has been seriously injured or killed involving a drunk driver, you are certainly not alone. 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 has clear, concise laws against drinking and driving and enforces these laws, tragedies still occur. Since 1995, Illinois has had what it calls “Zero Tolerance Law” for 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.
Prominent Role of Alcohol in Illinois Traffic Accident Cases
(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
Regardless if the person receives a citation for driving while under the influence of alcohol, if they are to blame for a car accident, they can be held 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 held build your case 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 crime, our car crash attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers 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 what the best course of action is 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)