Accidents caused by intoxicated motorists (DUI) continues to be a problematical issue in Illinois as well as nationally. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) 2013 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics (pdf) report, of the 895 fatal crashes in Illinois in 2013, 33.2% involved alcohol. In addition to these fatal crashes, there were additional non-fatal crashes involving drivers who were intoxicated, involving a range of accidents between vehicles as well as those involving pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorcycles. Drinking while driving also appears to be a primary cause of “wrong-way driver” accidents.
The reasons and contributing factors for these alcohol-related accidents are many. There have been various steps taken to try to reduce drinking while driving, including increased enforcement efforts.
However, there remain reasons for concern over the way in which Illinois drunk drivers are handled and processed, as seen in the February 28, 2015 Chicago Tribune published an article titled “DUI paperwork mistakes allow thousands of drivers back on Illinois roads.”
An excerpt from the article:
Bureaucratic mix-ups have let thousands of drunken drivers avoid mandatory license suspensions and stay on the roads, a Tribune investigation has found.
In addition to discussing the issue, the article also provides various statistics regarding the problem.
Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”
Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses. To speak directly with a trial lawyer from Elman Law Group immediately, call (773) 392-8182 at any time. There is no fee for this consultation.