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What Have Other People Injured in Illinois Drunk Driving Accidents Received?

The median award or settlement for drunk driving accident victims in Illinois is between $50,000 and $100,000 but the average is much more than that and plaintiffs frequently receive over $1,000,000.

  1. What Range of Recovery Have Illinois Plaintiffs Received in Drunk Driving Cases?
  2. How can I Predict What I Will Recover in a DUI Case?
  3. Are There any Factors That Might Limit my DUI Case Recovery?
  4. Drunk Driving Case Awards and Settlements
  5. Wondering how Your Illinois DUI Case Compares to Others?

What Range of Recovery Have Illinois Plaintiffs Received in Drunk Driving Cases?

Here is a breakdown of what other drunk driving accident victims have recovered across Illinois according to data collected from jury verdict reporters and reported settlements.

Here is a breakdown of what other drunk driving accident victims have recovered across Illinois according to data collected from jury verdict reporters and reported settlements.

  • $0
  • $1-$50,000
  • $50,000-$100,000
  • $100,000-$200,000
  • $200,000-$500,000
  • $500,000-$1,000,000
  • $1,000,000-$2,000,000
  • $2,000,000-$5,000,000
  • >$5,000,000
  • 21%
  • 42%
  • 6%
  • 6%
  • 6%
  • 4%
  • 4%
  • 4%
  • 7%

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How can I Predict What I Will Recover in a DUI Case?

Predicting with certainty what your DUI case will achieve is difficult for many reasons not least among them that the ultimate decision is left to a fickle jury. Yet, there are some things you can do to arrive at a rough approximation. For starters, figure out all of the out-of-pocket expenses that the incident caused you. This is generally the base of what you can get in court. Then, figure out if the accident has intangibly affect you. For example, did the drunk driver scar you, disable you, change your quality of life, or leave you with pain and suffering? These non-economic injuries tend to multiply the recovery possible to victims by a factor of two or three times greater than the original out-of-pocket costs. Finally, did the drunk driver act with extraordinary recklessness? They often do and this can open the possibility of punitive damages which may double your total recovery. These tips should help you predict what you might obtain in a DUI case. To have a clearer idea, speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney.

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Are There any Factors That Might Limit my DUI Case Recovery?

The presence of certain conditions might limit what you can recover in court. For instance, if you did not incur any real economic damages or bodily injuries, then your recovery will be significantly limited because courts don't reward mere insults to dignity. You need to sustain some tangible or intangible harm. Also, if some third party intervened and accelerated the chain of events that led to your wounds, then the drunk driver might try and shift the blame to that person and thereby limit your recovery. This could even work if you were partially to blame because Illinois law lowers plaintiffs' awards by the amount that they contributed to the incident. Finally, if there were some error or mistake in the process of handling the drunk driver, then he or she might use that to lower what you should get. There are several factors that could limit your DUI case recovery. However, there are also ways that you can prepare for and respond to these things so that they don't do that much damage to your case.

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Drunk Driving Case Awards and Settlements

$6,062,253 ILLINOIS AWARD.

The events of this case took place in Illinois. The victim (a teenage female) was traveling along Harlem road. The defendant was driving on Forest Hills. They weren’t far from Loves Park. He ran a red light and plowed right into the side of her. She passed away due to the injuries she sustained that night. The man was taken into custody. Eventually, he would get a jail sentence of at least ten years. The woman was survived by multiple family members. They brought a lawsuit against the man for wrongful death. Their suit argues that but for his actions she still would have been alive. She had the right of way. He ran the red light and hit her. Plus, reports showed that he was high and twice the legal limit for alcohol consumption (0.157). As this case got to trial, the issue of fault was assumed. He was obviously in the wrong. The point of trial was for the plaintiffs to prove damages. They could point to costs like medical bills, ER fees, funeral, burial, etc. For instance, they had over $10,000 in funeral/burial costs. They could also try to prove economic loss if the woman was expected to make money. The family could seek money for the deceased woman’s pain prior to death too. The family could also ask for compensation for the pain and loss they would experience in the future due to her absence. Finally, they might seek punitive damages to punish the defendant and deter similar conduct. They did try all of these routes. The verdict was $6,062,253. Here’s how that much was apportioned.

  • $3,063,253 for economic damages.
  • $50,000 for pain/suffering.
  • $3,000,000 for punitive damages.
  • $12,253 for burial/funeral costs.

$1,695,726 ILLINOIS AWARD.

This events of this story started happily but ended tragically. A group in Northern Illinois was ended up town for a fishing trip. They left in the late hours of the night. Their ride took them along Route 173. At the same time, an intoxicated driver fell asleep. He crossed the median and crashed right into them. All of the passengers and driver of that car suffered serious injuries. Leo Mach had it the worse though. He was only 47 at the time of the crash. He was a truck driver, though unemployed at the time. The authorities airlifted him to a nearby hospital. He stayed there for several months. The incident left him with many injuries. He brokes some ribs. He cracked his spine. He was hurt all over. In his time at the hospital, he even developed bed sores. Eventually, all the men sued the intoxicated driver. He was actually already in jail. He plead guilty and was serving time for manslaughter. We focus now on the estate’s suit against him for the deceased man. It claimed wrongful death. Note, it also sued the hospital for medical malpractice but that’s beyond our focus right now. The defendant didn’t really have any excuse. The matter got right down to damages. They weren’t minor. He couldn’t provide for his wife anymore. She had to go on without him. The family still had to pay for all the medical, funeral, and other bills. The jury had a tough task ahead of them. In the end, they gave the family $1,150,706. Here’s how that money was divided up.

  • $857,863 for economic damages.
  • $577,863 for medical bills.
  • $90,000 for suffering and pain.
  • $40,000 for disfigurement.
  • $150,000 for lost normal life.
  • $150,000 for lost consortium.

$1,012,000 ILLINOIS AWARD.

This case involved a warden and a correctional officer but not in the way you think. Both of them were driving late at night when their car unexpectedly went off the road. They were near Vienna on route 147. The car went right into a tree. Who was driving was a matter of controversy in the subsequent case. Anyways, the officer was a male and 48 years old. He died soon after the crash. He suffered injuries to his head, liver, and other parts of his body. They proved to be fatal. Later, his family sued the warden. The family included a wife and several kids. They said he was driving drunk and responsible for the officer’s death. At trial, the defense’s main ploy was to argue he was driving in the first place. They repeatedly contended that the officer was driving. To this point, the plaintiffs used evidence of their injuries to rebut the defense. In their view, the evidence was consistent with the fact that the warden was driving. This was the story that the jury believed. They returned a verdict for the family. It included $1 million for wrongful death damages. Also, it supplied $12,000 for funeral expenses.


This dispute was a family ordeal and not in a good way. The family included a young wife, husband, and child. The kid was just 3 years old at the time of the crash. They were all in their pickup truck on Route 47 in Huntley. Suddenly, a semi slammed right into them. The force sent their truck into another and a pile-up occurred. The wife died. The father broke bones in his face, elbow, foot, and even had a collapsed lung. The child broke bones in his leg, forehead, and ankle. The driver responsible for the crash, the semi driver, was high on weed at the time. Lawyers for the family went after him and the business he worked for. They argued the latter didn’t properly screen, test, or monitor its drivers. They sought compensated from each of them for wrongful death and negligence. Their various claims weren’t tested by a jury though. The matter settled for $6.5 million. Of that amount, $4.7 millions was for the death of the mom. $1.5 million was for the injuries of the father. Finally, $300,000 was for the kid’s losses.

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Wondering how Your Illinois DUI Case Compares to Others?

Contact us today! Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can make sure that your case is well positioned to recover what it should in court or settlement. We use all our personnel, resources, and energy to recover the most compensation possible for our clients. To hear about how we can help you, call our offices. Someone from the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC will speak with you about what your suit could obtain and what we can do to ensure you obtain it.

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