Accidents Caused By Intoxicated Drivers
How to File a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against a Drunk Driver in Illinois
Drunk driving is defined as .08 percent blood alcohol content. The legal limit is .08 percent in all fifty states. While drunk driving has long been illegal, many drivers still get behind the wheel after imbibing alcohol. This dangerous behavior kills more than 10,000 people in the United States every yearand injures many more. Statistically, about one person is killed every 51 minutes in a crash involving a drunk driver.
When a driver operates their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, that driver is behaving negligently. Negligent drivers frequently cause car crashes that would have been avoidable if the driver had simply behaved responsibly.
Important Steps After an Accident to Protect You and Your Family
If a drunk driver causes a car crash, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. Naturally, if injuries are severe, it is imperative to get medical attention immediately. However, it is important to seek medical attentioneven if the injuries seem minor. Many car accidentsrelated injuries do not immediately manifest after a wreck. People are often not thinking clearly and have a lot of adrenaline pumping in the aftermath of these traumatic events and are not in the best position to determine whether they are actually injured.
If possible and safe to do so, gather information about the crash scene and take photographs. Never discuss the crash with the other parties.
Hit-and-Run Drunk Drivers
In some instances, the drunk driver might flee the crash scene. This can make holding them liable more difficult than if they were present at the crash scene, but it is possible to carry out an investigation to identify the driver and the vehicle.
In some instances, drunk drivers cause injuries to passengers traveling in their vehicle. In these situations, it may be possible forthe passenger to collect compensation from the driver.
Anytime a person sustains injuries in a crash with a suspected drunk driver; it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights and preserve vital evidence.
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