Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Chicago
Injured In a DUI Accident? Learn More About Your Rights!
Drinking and driving is a serious problem throughout the state of Illinois.
According to the public advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD),
there were 278 fatalities caused by people driving under the influence
(DUI) in the last year alone, a figure which makes up 30 percent of all
car accident deaths. Fortunately, law enforcement is cracking down on drunk drivers.
The penalties for driving under the influence are harsh in Illinois, such
as a minimum prison sentence of three years for causing a fatal crash
while driving drunk and a maximum sentence of 28 years and $25,000 in fines.
Even if the driver who caused your accident is convicted and given the
full sentence available under law, there is no guarantee that you will
receive a dime in compensation for the losses you have suffered. This
is because your personal injury or
wrongful death claim is a matter for the civil court. You cannot count on the drunk driver's
insurance company to treat you fairly in paying your claim. You need a
Chicago car accident attorney on your side who will fight diligently for
your right to financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost income
and pain, suffering and emotional distress.
Duncan Law Group has recovered millions of dollars for auto accident victims,
$2,000,000.00 verdict: accident victim suffered serious
$1,800,000.00 settlement: accident victim suffered an arm injury
$700,000.00 settlement: accident victim suffered a herniated disc
$700,000.00 settlement: accident victim suffered lumbar injury
$600,000.00 settlement: accident victim suffered a herniated disc
Negotiating a Settlement with the Insurance Company
You might think that it should be a simple matter to recover damages for
a drunk driving accident – after all, the drunk driver was clearly
at fault, right? Unfortunately, insurance companies will frequently fight
tooth and nail to avoid paying even on this type of claim. For example,
Illinois is a
comparative negligence state, meaning that the plaintiff in a
personal injury case may be found to be partially at fault for causing an accident, and his
or her award may be reduced by their own percentage of fault.
The insurance company may try to argue that you were to blame for part
or even all of the accident. Furthermore, they are likely to do everything
they can to minimize the value of your claim by disputing the scope and
severity of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life. You
have already been through enough and shouldn't be forced to fight
for the compensation you deserve. Contact Duncan Law Group for a
free case consultation to learn more about how the firm can help you!
Overview of the Dram Shop Law in Illinois
If you were hit by a drunk driver in Chicago, or anywhere else in the state,
you may not realize that you may be able to file a claim against more
than one party. According to the dram shop law in Illinois – which
is also known as the
Liquor Control Act – victims of DUI accidents may also be able to pursue compensation
from the establishment that served alcohol to the intoxicated driver before
they got behind the wheel.
This could include, but is not limited to, a bar or restaurant. Unlike
the dram shop laws in several other states, Illinois law does not require
the victim to prove that the establishment was aware of the fact that
the driver was already intoxicated, or showed signs of intoxication, at
the time that they were served alcohol.
An establishment could be held liable for damages if it can be proven that:
- The establishment in question sold alcohol to the driver
- The same driver caused the accident in which you were injured
- The business was the proximate cause of the driver's intoxication
- The driver's intoxication was a "major cause" of your injuries
Don't Wait to Act – Contact Us for a Free Consultation Today
Duncan Law Group has been representing accident victims for more than a
decade, so we truly understand just how devastating the aftermath of a
DUI accident can be. Not only can it result in hefty medical expenses
and time spent away from work, but you may also be forced to endure a
great deal of suffering. Our Chicago car accident lawyers want to ensure
that you are fairly compensated for all of the losses that you have experienced,
so we encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation.
You can trust that your case will be in capable hands when you come to
Duncan Law Group for help, so there is no reason why you should wait any
longer to take the first step.
Call now to get started!