According to BellevilleNewsDemocrat.com, a Wood River woman plead guilty yesterday to aggravated driving under the influence for her role in an Illinois semi truck accident that killed the passenger in her vehicle. Court records state that the accident transpired in October of 2010 when the woman crashed her passenger vehicle into the back of a semi tractor-trailer on Illinois 143. The semi truck had reduced speed to make a turn when the woman collided into the truck. Later investigations into the crash discovered that the Illinois woman’s blood alcohol content was .162 … well over Illinois’s legal limit of .08. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that not only can the driver receive up to 14 years in prison for her role in the devastating accident but this was her second offense resulting from driving under the influence.
When a motor vehicle is operated by an alcohol impaired driver, the risk for accidents resulting in injury or even death substantially increases. According to DUI.com, Illinois accounted for well over 4,000 DUI arrests in 2009 alone. Driving under the influence should never be tolerated, especially considering that every day, at least 30 fatalities result from motor vehicle accidents in the United States due to an alcohol impaired driver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009 well over 10,800 individuals were killed in traffic accidents involving an alcohol impaired driver. Regrettably, drunk driving accidents account for nearly 1/3 of all traffic related fatalities in the United States each year.
Our Chicago semi truck accident lawyers continue to strongly urge our readers to avoid driving under the influence at all costs. Alcohol-related accidents can be severe and life-changing — especially when a large commercial vehicle is involved. Semi trucks, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, are capable of creating immense damage in a motor vehicle collision … whether through the fault of the semi truck driver or the passenger vehicle driver. Not only can an injury or fatality result from these destructive accidents, but as the previously mentioned article highlights, alcohol-impaired drivers may be subjected to criminal or civil charges.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to an alcohol impaired driver, please contact our Illinois personal injury attorneys. Our experienced accident attorneys will provide a free initial consultation to help determine what legal rights and representation may be available to you.