A drunk driver that killed a woman in a head-on collision pleaded guilty last week in Madison County Circuit Court. Bnd.com released that the driver’s trial began on multiple charges relating to driving under the influence of alcohol in a fatal accident. The 36-year old of Clinton County caused the accident in February of 2010 when his pickup truck crashed into the woman’s SUV on Illinois 160 near Highland Road.
The woman from Trenton was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her mother was a passenger in the truck and suffered critical injuries. The pickup truck driver pleaded guilty last Friday morning to two of the four DUI charges, which included aggravated DUI resulting in death, and aggravated DUI resulting in bodily harm. It was reported that he already had two DUI charges within seven years when the accident took place. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison on each count.
Cases similar to the one above are all too common in Illinois. 47% of Illinois motor vehicle fatalities are estimated to involve alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is also stated that nearly three of every ten Americans are involved in an alcohol-related traffic accident in their lifetime. Our truck accident attorneys represent individuals and families who have suffered due to a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent motorist. We recently represented the family of a 32-year old woman who was killed by a semi-truck trailer driven by an impaired motorist.
In this 2008 accident, the impaired driver was traveling with an overloaded trailer, causing him to collide into the back of the stopped vehicle driven by the woman’s husband; her son was also a passenger in the vehicle. The woman was killed upon impact and her husband and son were seriously injured.
Our lawyers obtained a total sum of $6.5 million settlement for the wrongful death of the woman and for the injuries of her family. We proved the semi-truck driver’s vehicle was overloaded with 81,200 pounds of grain and that he was in possession of the drug paraphernalia and marijuana, causing him to fail to see the plaintiff’s vehicle stopped in front of him. In the wrongful death portion of this settlement was the largest record wrongful death settlement in Kane County.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver, receiving proper legal representation is critical. Our law firm is willing to assist you in determining your rights and ultimately offering you the resources you need to seek legal action. Please contact us for more information.