There are many families in the Cook County area that have been affected by a serious car accident. Many of these accidents could have been prevented and are due to a driver's negligence. Whether the driver is texting and driving, driving while intoxicated, speeding or engaging in other dangerous activity, these car accidents can have been prevented.
The Illinois Department of Transportation issued a statement saying that the majority of wrong-way crashes in Illinois are caused by impaired drivers. This past week an Illinois State Trooper was killed by a wrong-way driver who was believed to have been intoxicated. In 2018, there were 95 wrong-way crashes in Illinois, with 30 occurring in Cook County. Sixty percent of these accidents were caused by impaired drivers. A new state law that went into effect on January 1 made it a felony to drive drunk the wrong way on Illinois roads. In addition, the Department of Transportation is investing millions to improve safety on the roads, including adding reflective strips, signs and pavement markers.
It is up to drivers to not engage in dangerous driving behaviors. When a driver makes the choice to drive after they have been drinking, it can lead to serious consequences. If a Cook County family has been affected by a drunk driver, they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in personal injury. An attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and help determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
Drunk driving accidents affects hundreds of Illinois families each year. A family who has been affected by a drunk driver has the right to hold them responsible for their mistake.