While it is always unfortunate to hear of deaths from motor vehicle accidents, it is much more real when such an accident occurs close to home. People’s first reaction is usually to question whether they knew anyone involved or affected by the incident. As our firm is located in Chicago and serves families and victims all throughout Illinois, we know this feeling is common. That is why our attorneys work hard to advocate for those who have suffered losses as a result of negligence in order to hold wrongdoers accountable and to set a legal example to prevent future Illinois citizens from suffering personal injuries and their families from grieving.
Recently an Illinois man died after a collision with a semi-truck. According to Lakeshore Public Media, the victim died as a result of a collision near Chicago. Police reported that the victim, from South Holland, was driving west at a high speed on I-80/94 at the I-65 overpass when he struck the rear of a moving semi-truck. The collision caused the victim to become trapped in his vehicle and police indicated that alcohol may have been a factor in this accident.
As you can see from this example, as well as the others on our blog, it is imperative to use safe driving practices on interstates and roads, not only to oblige by a legal duty to keep others on the road safe, but also to protect our own lives and safety as well. Our attorneys once again remind readers to never get behind the wheel after becoming impaired from alcohol. In this particular incident, it appears as though the accident was caused by no fault of the truck driver.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a study from Michigan State University states that the average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of one drink per hour. Many people in a night out have more than this and that means we are taking in alcohol faster than our body is absorbing and metabolizing it. Despite widespread campaigns to warn people about the dangers of drunk driving, Mothers Against Drunk Driving also reported on a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which stated that adults drive drunk 112 million times per year. That means there is an average of 300,000 drunk drivers each day. Because these drivers put themselves and others at danger, an average of 28 people die every day from drunk driving crashes, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Our attorneys take a firm stance against drinking and driving and believe no inconvenience is worth risking your life or the lives of those with whom you share the road. Deaths from drinking and driving are always preventable because no one has to get behind the wheel of a car while drunk. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to take action through our court system to seek compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. Contact our firm for a free consultation, and we can help you determine if a lawsuit may be right for you.