At The Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati, we take the rights and privileges afforded to motorists seriously. Experienced DUI lawyers ready to hear your experiences and guide you to the next course of action.
Drivers in Illinois have an obligation to be aware of any alcohol, or prescription drugs that they may take prior to getting behind the wheel. Yet on average we still have over 30,000 DUI-related cases in Illinois every single year. Ranging from alcohol, cannabis, prescription drugs, or illegal narcotics. When an injury occurs from an impaired or intoxicated motorist causing a crash there two distinct causes of action that can be initiated by an injured party.
Some DUI related crashes are low speed minor incidents, others turn out far worse. From running red lights at major intersections, to excessive speed and slowed reaction times it’s easy to see how fatal accidents can quickly occur. Here are some of the common injuries from DUI crashes:
What can I do if I am injured and the other driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
Much like any personal injury suit, we can handle initiating a claim, getting you through treatment, and then coming up with an appropriate demand on what the amount is that it will take to get you back to normal and compensate you for the variety of injuries and pain and suffering you had to endure due to the DUI related crash. However, should a settlement not be accepted by the insurance company Illinois allows a motion for a plaintiff to be able to ask for PUNITIVE damages. These are only allowed when someone’s behavior was intentional or extremely reckless.
For example, if someone drank 10 beers and got behind the wheel, this would likely give rise to a claim for punitive damages and should be zealously pursued by your lawyer as punitive damages can result in exceptionally large awards at trial. It is important of course to begin building your case from the very beginning. A competent injury lawyer may file an appearance as representing you as a victim in the Defendant’s criminal proceedings where certain discovery, reports, and expert opinions may become available which can aid your lawyer in building an injury case to maximize your financial recovery. This subject area is voluminous and we could easily spend an entire day talking about representing someone injured from a DUI-related crash.
You can always call or text message us 24/7/365 for a more thorough, in-depth analysis of your potential case at The Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati (815) 315-4967.
Who can be held responsible if I am hurt in a DUI-related crash?
If your injury was related to alcohol consumption and the DUI driver was being served alcohol at a bar immediately before the crash, Illinois has the Dram Shop Act found at (235 ILCS 5/6-21)(from Ch. 43, par. 135) which can make an establishment that serves alcohol responsible for injuries caused by one of their customers.
A plaintiff (injured party) only needs to show the following to win under the Dram Shop Act:
The amount available on a claim under the Dram Shop Act adjusts every year, but it DOES offer an additional avenue of recovery for someone hurt due to the intoxication of another if they were served at an establishment prior to causing the injury. Whenever we consult with clients who have been injured in a DUI-related accident, we always consider whether they could also pursue a case against the Dram Shop Act.
What other kinds of compensation are available to me, or to my passengers?
Our purpose is to take charge over your financial recovery so that you can focus on your treatment and physical recovery. Illinois law allows an injured driver to possibly recover financial compensation based on the following types of damages:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI Crash in Rockford or the surrounding area, please don’t hesitate to contact The Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati. Our phone number is (815) 315-4967 and we can be reached by call or text 24/7/365. We do home, hospital and rehabilitation center visits, and there is never a fee unless we win a recovery for you.