Collisions involving drunk drivers lead to thousands of injuries and deaths across the United States each year. A drunk driver may travel well above the speed limit, cross into the wrong lane, collide with one or more vehicles, and cause serious harm to other drivers and passengers.
If you were involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you might have suffered catastrophic injuries. Head trauma may have left you suffering from severe pain, difficulty communicating, vision or hearing loss, and other physical injuries that have dramatically affected your quality of life. You may have suffered back or neck injuries that have left you unable to walk without assistance, or you may be paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. You may have suffered one or more broken bones or serious cuts, and you may have permanent scars.
The injuries you suffered in the collision may have left you unable to work. After you recover, you may not be able to return to the same position you had before the accident or to work as many hours. If you have severe injuries, it may be impossible for you to work at all.
The sudden loss of income may be causing financial devastation for your family. You may be confronting an ever-growing stack of medical bills. Since you cannot work, you and your spouse may have been forced to use up your emergency fund to cover essential expenses. You may now be trying to figure out how you will continue to make ends meet.
Your physical injuries, the financial suffering, and the emotional turmoil may be affecting your relationships with members of your family. You and your spouse may be worried about the future. Even if your children do not fully understand how you were injured or how the accident has impacted your family’s finances, they may understand that you are suffering, and they may be scared.
A Chicago drunk driving accident lawyer may be able to help you pursue a financial award to cover your medical costs related to the accident, as well as lost income and pain and suffering. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 959-1444 to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
Liability for Your Injuries
If a drunk driver was responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you may be able to seek financial compensation from the driver, and possibly from one or more other parties.
According to 625 ILCS 5/11-501, driving under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating substance is a Class A misdemeanor. You may be entitled to receive financial compensation by filing a civil lawsuit against the driver, even if they were not convicted on a DUI charge in criminal court. The legal threshold to prevail in a civil case is lower than the burden of proof required to obtain a conviction in a criminal proceeding.
You may also be able to seek financial compensation from the business or individual(s) who sold or provided alcohol to the person who injured you in a drunk driving accident. The Illinois Dram Shop Act, 235 ILCS 5/6-21, allows a person who is injured by a drunk driver to sue the owners and lessors of the business that served alcohol to a person who later caused a drunk driving accident. The law applies to liquor stores, bars, restaurants, and other types of businesses that serve alcoholic beverages.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving Chicago, call (844) 638-1822
How a Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Could Pursue Justice for You
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can review all relevant information related to the collision, starting with the accident report. If a police officer tested the driver at the scene of the crash, and the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher, the person would be considered drunk. That information would be included in the police report.
We can interview you and any witnesses who saw what happened. Our team can investigate to find out where the driver obtained alcohol before getting involved in the drunk driving accident. If a business or an individual shares liability under Illinois law, we can work to hold that party, as well as the driver, accountable.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can file a personal injury lawsuit against one or more parties to seek compensation for your past and future medical care, lost income, and pain and suffering. In many cases, we can negotiate settlements for our clients without going to court. Sometimes, however, we are unable to reach an agreement with other parties. In those instances, we can take a case to trial and work to secure a financial award for our client.
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Get Assistance from a Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
If you are already overwhelmed by bills and believe you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you should not worry about that. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, works on contingency. That means that when clients ask us to represent them in personal injury cases, they do not have to pay us any money upfront. We only collect a fee if we secure compensation on behalf of a client.
A financial settlement could not undo the harm you suffered in the accident and bring back the life you had prior to the collision, but it could give your family some peace of mind. You would not have to worry about how to pay for your mortgage, utilities, groceries, and other essentials. With that emotional weight lifted, you could focus on your physical recovery.
In Illinois, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years, according to 735 ILCS 5/13-202. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 959-1444 to talk to a member of our team about what you have been through and how we may be able to help you seek justice.