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Illinois Driver Kills Passenger In Accident While Under Influence Of Drugs

A driver has recently been charged with aggravated driving and disregarding a stop sign that led to the death of his passenger, according to Peoria Journal Star. Illinois State Police records reveal that a local sheriff’s deputy discovered the 20-year old driver’s heavily damaged car just before 8am last Wednesday. The car was about 50-feet off of the road in a field in southwest Peoria. The driver was removed from the vehicle and transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released. His 19-year old passenger was declared dead at the scene.

Our Illinois wrongful death attorneys learned authorities stated that the driver failed to stop at a stop sign at a T-intersection and left the road, causing his car to go airborne and hit a cable wire. The driver reportedly told officers that he did not see the stop sign in front of him. He also told them that he failed to notice an amber warning light near the intersection and a flashing red light on top of the stop sign. Police say the driver reported looking at his passenger and talking to him while driving which might have caused him to miss the stop sign.

Additionally, the driver told police that he had smoked marijuana and synthetic marijuana within a week before the accident. Lab tests revealed that the driver had a primary intoxicant that is found in marijuana in his system at the time of the crash. Toxicology reports revealed that his passenger did not have illegal substances in his system.

In Illinois, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a very serious misdemeanor that carries potentially severe consequences. DUI offenses cover all types of impaired driving, whether they are prescribed, abused, or illegal. In an average year, more than 50,000 people are arrested for DUI throughout the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For truck drivers, first offenses include disqualification from carrying a commercial driver’s license for one year, while second offenses may result in a lifetime commercial driver’s license disqualification. Penalties are generally not just imposed on the truck driver, but also the carrier, the owner of the vehicle, and any individual associated with the operation of the truck. For the common motorist in the above report, prison terms may be faced from three to fourteen years if convicted on the DUI charge.

Of course, consequences of driving under the influence do not only impact the driver of the vehicle, but other motorists on the roadway as well. Driving under the influence increases the risk of an accident occurring, which therefore increases the risk of personal injury being brought upon any individual on or near the scene. Motorists who drive under the influence commonly cause accidents through carelessness and negligent actions, including crossing centerlines on highways, traveling through red lights and stop signs, failing to stop at crosswalks, and driving faster than the speed limit.

Our attorneys understand that when car or truck drivers consume alcohol or drugs before driving, the results can be fatal. If a motorist is over the legal limit of intoxication and injures you in an accident, you may have the ability to claim. Every year, our lawyers provide qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have been injured or killed as a result of careless or negligent motorists. Please contact us for more information.