Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious matter because not only is it against the law, but it creates a high likelihood of a motor vehicle collision and personal injury to other drivers. Driving after using drugs or alcohol impairs a driver’s capability to drive safely and to react to others on the road, which leads to a high probability of the occurrence of an accident. Such accidents more often than not include serious personal injuries, or even fatalities.
The Chicago Tribune reported that a Chicago truck driver was sentenced to four years in prison for such a crime. In a 2009 fatal crash, this truck driver was driving under the influence of marijuana and caused an accident leading to the death of the victim. At the time of the accident, the victim was stopped in a traffic jam at Interstate 90 and Illinois Highway 53. The truck driver, driving a semi-trailer, did not stop in time and rear-ended the car of the victim.
While the truck driver was quoted as saying he “wouldn’t wish that pain on anybody,” alcohol and drug related fatalities and injuries are always preventable. If one simply does not get behind the wheel of a truck or motor vehicle while impaired, such accidents and ultimate deaths would never occur in the first place. If you do not wish pain on anyone’s families, do not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired.
When a victim suffers serious injuries in an accident, they face years of healing and rehabilitation and often cannot work or continue to earn income. Although with physical injuries, victims must cope with financial and emotional hardships. Although victims can never reverse the harms caused to them, they can take legal action. Accident lawsuits help victims get back on their feet through compensation for lost income and mounting medical bills.
For over 20 years we have built our practice around the belief that careless individuals and professionals must be held responsible when their negligence causes others to suffer serious injuries or death. For that reason, our Chicago attorneys fight for the victims and families of such accidents to set a legal example. Our firm empathizes with victims and families and we use our years of experience to maximize compensation for our clients. Families and victims do not need to suffer beyond the accident with hospital bills and hardship, and for that reason, our legal team will use our knowledge and experience to help you obtain just compensation. Contact our firm for a free consultation.