The Chicago car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers feel strongly about the need to hold drunk drivers accountable for the damage caused by their reckless and irresponsible actions. Despite awareness campaigns over the last two decades, drunk driving remains a serious concern and continues to threaten the lives of many drivers throughout Illinois. According to the NHSTA, two out of every three people will become involved in a drunk driving accident at some point during their lifetimes, which means that being responsible yourself is simply not enough to avoid being in an accident with someone who has chosen to get behind the wheel while under the influence.
Driving Requires Synergy of the Senses
Most people have become so acclimated to driving that they do not realize just how complex the processes required to operate a vehicle are and how multiple senses are interacting to provide the feedback required to make responsible decisions. You must first be able to see the road and be aware of traffic and any potential hazards, but you also need to feel how your vehicle is reacting through the input you receive through steering and feeling the contours of the road. You also need to be able to hear what is going on around you so that you are aware of sirens, horns and other noises that might indicate a vehicle or hazard is nearby.
Excessive drinking impacts all of the senses required to drive. Slowed reaction time is the most cited side effect of drinking, but an elevated blood alcohol level also affects sight, feeling and decision making and processing. Drunk drivers often experience blurred vision and diminished sensations, which make it much more difficult to detect hazards and predict how a vehicle is going to react to the conditions of the road.
The Toll of Drunk Driving
The effects of alcohol begin to manifest after only one drink and become more severe as a driver consumes more alcohol. Many drivers feel that they are okay to drive, only to come to the startling realization later that they have seriously injured another person in a preventable accident. One out of every three fatal car accidents involves a drunk driver or pedestrian. Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and when considering how many fatalities result from intoxicated driving, this figure is truly shocking and unacceptable.
According to a survey taken in 2012, over 29 million people across the United States admitted to driving while intoxicated. Even more drive intoxicated without knowing it when they get behind the wheel after taking cold medicines that contain alcohol or amphetamines. All things considered, it should no longer be a surprise that underage drinking is linked to a quarter of all fatal accidents involving teenagers. Our Chicago auto injury lawyers don’t feel that enough is being done to curb drunk driving and the only way to truly make an impact is to hold intoxicated drivers accountable by holding them liable for the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law.
The Compensation You May be Entitled To For Injuries Related to an Illinois Drunk Driving Accident
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the drunk driver to recover damages equal to the value of your hospital bills, damaged property, lost wages and out of pocket expenses. If you have lost a loved one, you may file a lawsuit for wrongful death in order to recover compensation for any financial contributions your loved one made to your family, the loss of consortium and any pain and suffering your loved one felt before his or her passing.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you seek the justice that you deserve by ensuring that the driver who caused your injuries is held to account for his or her actions to the fullest extent of the law. Our team includes medical experts, economists, social workers and an experienced law team that can accurately place a value on the financial losses you have suffered as well as the physical and emotional pain and suffering that you must endure. Our resources also allow us to connect you to the medical care specialists who can help you on the road to your physical recovery while we fight to represent your legal interests.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation and case review with one of our award-winning Chicago car accident attorneys so that we can gather the information we need to conduct a thorough investigation. We will review your legal options and answer any questions you may have about the legal process and what are able to do to increase your chances of a successful recovery. If we are unable to secure damages on your behalf for any reason at all, you are assured that our services will be free of charge.