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 DUI 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, including:
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!
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:
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!