According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), 22.2% of fatal crashes in 2021 involved alcohol. That year, 1,341 people died in DUI accidents statewide. Cook County had 2,271 DUI crashes, including 25 fatal accidents.
Illinois law makes it illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or with a BAC (blood alcohol content) over the legal limit. A drunk driver faces criminal charges for impaired driving. Accident victims could also sue them for damages caused by a DUI accident.
The Chicago DUI accident lawyers of Attorneys of Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers fight for the rights of accident victims and their families. We aggressively pursue drunk drivers to hold them responsible for your injuries and damages.
How Attorneys of Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You After a DUI Accident
A DUI accident can cause severe injuries and substantial financial damages for the accident victim. You should not be liable for the harm caused by an intoxicated driver.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have years of experience handling car accident cases, including DUI accidents. We are fierce trial lawyers and skilled negotiators. At Attorneys of Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers, we do not stop fighting until we exhaust every legal option to recover money for your claim.
When you hire our top-rated DUI accident attorneys, you can expect us to:
- Investigate the cause of your accident to determine how it happened and who is responsible
- Work with the best expert witnesses in their field, when necessary
- File insurance claims and handle all matters related to the claims
- Calculate how much your claim is worth and diligently work to recover that amount
- File a personal injury lawsuit and have a skilled trial lawyer argue your case in court
DUI cases are complex car accident claims. You need a legal team that has experience handling these types of cases. We are the personal injury law firm you can trust in Chicago, Illinois.
Call now for a free case evaluation from an experienced Chicago car accident attorney.
Common Injuries Caused by DUI Accidents in Chicago, Illinois
Drunk driving accidents cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. In many cases, a drunk driver walks away without injury while the innocent victims sustain life-altering injuries.
Common injuries caused by drunk drivers include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Organ damage
- Fractures and broken bones
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Amputations and loss of limbs
- Back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Injuries can result in permanent impairments and disabilities. A person may require lifelong personal care. A DUI accident can result in disabilities that prevent a person from working.
As a result, you could incur substantial financial losses because of a DUI accident. Our Chicago DUI accident lawyers work to recover a settlement or jury verdict that compensates you fully for all damages.
What Damages Can I Receive for a DUI Accident in Chicago, IL?
Damages in a DUI accident case include economic damages. These damages reimburse you for the monetary losses you experience because of the accident. Additionally, you could be entitled to future damages if you sustain a disabling injury.
Examples of economic damages in a DUI case include:
- The cost of medical treatment and future medical bills
- Reimbursement for loss of income and compensation for future lost wages and decreases in earning capacity
- The cost of personal care, out-of-pocket expenses, and rehabilitative care
DUI accident victims can also recover compensation for their non-economic damages. Therefore, your settlement could include compensation for the following:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Decrease in quality of life
- Impairment and disability
- Physical pain and suffering
Some personal injury lawsuits result in punitive damages. These damages “punish” a person for causing an accident while intoxicated.
You have the burden of proving a drunk driver caused the accident. Being drunk is not sufficient evidence by itself. You must prove the driver did something to cause the crash to recover damages.
Our legal team at Attorneys of Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers understands the legal elements of a DUI case and how to prove causation and fault. We take care of every aspect of the case, including gathering the necessary evidence to hold the drunk driver liable.
What Types of DUI Accidents Do We Handle?
Our law firm handles all types of DUI accidents. Drunk drivers cause numerous types of accidents, including:
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Single-vehicle accidents
- Side-impact crashes (T-bone accidents)
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Bicycle accidents
- Wrong-way accidents
- Jackknife accidents
Drunk driving is a crime. The criminal courts handle DUI arrests.
However, causing a DUI accident can also result in a civil claim by accident victims. If a drunk driver injures you, we help you seek fair compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Our attorneys can assist you in filing a wrongful death lawsuit if the accident caused the death of someone close to you.
However, the Illinois statute of limitations restricts your time to file a claim. Please call us now to avoid missing the filing deadline for a DUI accident claim.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Chicago Car Wreck Lawyer
We are determined to get our clients the best possible outcome for their cases. Our legal team works with you to build a strong case against the driver who caused your car crash. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Chicago DUI accident attorney.