Chicago DUI Car Accident Injury Lawyers

Lake County DUI Accident Injury Attorney

Attorneys Representing Victims Injured By Drunk Drivers Throughout the Chicago Area

Millions of people are injured in car accidents every year in the United States. Sadly, many of these accidents are preventable, including collisions caused by drivers who choose to break the law and operate their vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. These drivers endanger the safety of everyone on the road, and their victims deserve to receive financial compensation that fully addresses the damages they have suffered.

The personal injury attorneys of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC understand how devastating the accidents caused by drunk drivers can be, and we are dedicated to holding these drivers responsible for their negligent actions. We work to help our clients achieve justice and obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries.

DUI Accident Liability

In Illinois and throughout the rest of the United States, it is illegal to drive when one's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or higher. When a driver exceeds this limit, their judgment, motor skills, reaction time, and vision are all affected, and his or her ability to operate their vehicle safely is seriously impaired. If a driver who has been involved in an accident is found to have a BAC that is above the legal limit, this can typically be used as evidence of negligence in a personal injury lawsuit.

In addition to alcohol, there are a number of other factors that may contribute to a driver's impairment. Several states have legalized cannabis for recreational or medicinal use, and this has led to an increase in accidents involving drivers who are under the influence of marijuana. Drivers may also be intoxicated by controlled substances, or they may use prescription drugs that affect their ability to drive safely. An experienced attorney can help victims understand how to demonstrate a driver's intoxication and pursue compensation for injuries caused by this type of negligence.

Dram Shop Liability

In addition to pursuing compensation from drunk drivers, a victim may also be able to hold other parties responsible for their injuries. For instance, the Illinois Dram Shop Act allows for a bar, restaurant, or other establishment to be held liable if they provided alcohol to a person that went on to cause an injury.

To demonstrate that an establishment is liable for injuries, the following must be shown:

  • The establishment sold or provided alcohol to the person who caused the injury.
  • The alcohol sold by the establishment was what caused the drunk driver's intoxication.
  • The driver was intoxicated when the accident occurred.
  • The victim was injured as a result of the driver's intoxication.

While drivers are expected to act responsibly, bars and restaurants should also take steps to ensure that their patrons are not putting others in danger. When they fail to do so, and a drunk driver harms someone as a result of this negligence, the establishment and the driver should both be held responsible.

Contact Our Cook County Personal Injury Lawyers

There is no excuse for drunk driving, and those who choose to do so should not only face criminal consequences, but they should also be required to compensate their victims for the harm they have done. At TKK, we work with the victims of drunk driving accidents to pursue compensation that fully addresses the damages they have experienced, including medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. To learn more about how we can help, contact our Chicago law office today at 312-605-8800 to arrange a free consultation.

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