Our Chicago personal injury lawyers read that a driver from New Douglas, Illinois was recently charged with driving under the influence in a two-vehicle accident that killed one last month. Stltoday.com states that the accident occurred in an eastbound lane of Interstate 270 near Troy, Illinois when the 24-year old driver’s vehicle rear-ended a pickup truck. The truck driver, a 27-year old woman of Granite City was ejected from the truck after it flipped over in the middle of the road. Her passenger, her 62-year old mother, was killed upon impact. The man only suffered minor injuries.
Prosecutors say multiple tests found that the man’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. Illinois State Police state that the driver was charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol just last week. He was also ticketed for improper lane usage. The driver is now being held at the Madison County Jail in lieu of a $60,000 cash bail, according to the report.
Though the number of deadly drunk driving accidents has been steadily declining over the last few years, organizers such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Driving (AAID) say one accident is still too many, A recent report by Abclocal.go.com states that both organizations have launched an awareness campaign with the goal of keeping roads safer this holiday season.
Both organizations just held a vigil this Tuesday where dozens of people came together to share the pain of losing a loved one to drunk driving, including a 35-year old husband and father who was killed on Interstate 57 when a drunk driver rear-ended his vehicle. Organizers hope that similar events will help families cope with their losses, while also raising awareness.
“It’s a problem that’s always going to be around because people drink and it’s socially acceptable. It’s totally unacceptable to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking,” stated a member of AAID. “One in three families will be impacted by drunk drivers,” stated a member of MADD. “So if you’re sitting in a row of three people, it’s not the two of them. It’s going to be you.”
Our accident lawyers don’t want it to be you this holiday season. We highly encourage all motorists to refrain from drinking and driving and continue to drive attentively and responsibly. With an increase of drivers on roadways for the holidays, in addition to the possibility of snow or inclement weather conditions, the risk of a deadly accident occurring is quite high. Adding alcohol into the mix not only puts you at danger, but also can potentially cause injury or fatality to other motorists and pedestrians on the road.
If you have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one in an accident due to a drunk driver, please contact our law firm to learn about what compensation may be available to you.