KTVB.com released a news report earlier today detailing a tragic collision that sent two individuals to the hospital. According to the report, the accident transpired around 6 p.m. last night when the 51 year-old driver of a motor vehicle attempted to pass between a semi truck and another passenger vehicle. The driver hit the passenger vehicle – ultimately causing it to slide and then roll into the interstate highway’s median.
The two individuals inside the passenger vehicle required advanced medical attention for injuries sustained as a result of the accident. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that local authorities later revealed that the driver of the passenger vehicle who caused the collision was under the influence of alcohol. The 51 year-old was subsequently taken into custody and charges are pending.
Any Chicago truck accident attorney will tell you that drunk driving is completely avoidable, as well as, 100% preventable. Current alcohol-related traffic accident statistics provide further insight into just how devastating operating under the influence can be. According to AlcoholAlert.com:
– Of the 10,839 people killed in alcohol impaired driving accidents in 2009, over 67% (7,281) were drivers with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher – Of the 10,839 people killed in alcohol impaired driving accidents in 2009, 27% (2,891) were motor vehicle occupants while 6% (667) were non-occupants.
– In 2009, a total of 1,314 children age 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle accidents with 14% (181) occurring in alcohol-impaired driving accidents – In 2009, drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were drivers with no alcohol.
– In 2009 the state of Illinois had 911 traffic fatalities resulting from motor vehicle accidents, of that number 381 were from alcohol-related accidents – whereas over 319 of the fatalities occurred when the driver was over the legal limit of .08
Not only can these accidents result in severe injury or even premature fatality, the alcohol-impaired driver may be subject to both criminal and civil penalties. If you have been injured in an alcohol-related accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver, you may be able to obtain compensation for damages incurred. Please contact an experienced Chicago accident lawyer as soon as possible for a free consultation to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.