Here in the state of Illinois, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is seen as one of the top safety concerns in the state. Recognizing this, law enforcement officials arrested approximately 28,386 people for driving while intoxicated, throughout 2018 alone. Tragically, despite diligent work of local law enforcement, just under 300 Illinoisans lost their lives in accidents involving drunk drivers in 2018. Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 28% of all fatal car accidents throughout Illinois, in 2018. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is time to speak with a knowledgeable legal professional.
Filing Your Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Suit
If the accident you or a family member were injured in involved an inebriated driver, it is more than likely that the collision will involve a criminal investigation. That being said, a personal injury or wrongful death suit must be filed by an individual. In both instances, the lawsuit will be filed if the plaintiff (the person filing) believes that another party acted recklessly or negligently leading to the injuries of themselves or a loved one. If the injuries suffered proved fatal, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by family members of the victim.
In personal injury and wrongful death cases, proving negligence can be one of the most difficult parts of an attorney’s job. A skilled attorney will work diligently to compile surveillance footage and witness testimony. In some crashes, proving liability may be difficult, such as proving that a driver was texting while driving. Fortunately, in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving drunk drivers, a criminal investigation can provide ample evidence for your attorney to prove that the other driver was acting in a reckless manner. Evidence such as the reading on a breathalyzer test or other forms of chemical testing can be critical to the success of your case.
Contact an Aurora Car Accident Attorney
While no amount of money can make up for the injuries suffered in a car accident or the loss of a loved one, at Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Mazur P.C., our team is dedicated to helping your family secure the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of a tragedy. A personal injury or wrongful death settlement can help you with costly medical bills, loss of wages, and general pain and suffering. To schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled Kane County personal injury attorney, call us today at 630-907-0909.