Drunk Driving Accidents
Car Crash Lawyers Advocating for Victims in Schaumburg and Wheaton
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Illinois and throughout the U.S. Drunk driving accidents may have devastating consequences for everyone involved. If you or someone close to you has been struck and injured by a drunk driver, it is important to reach out to a skilled Wheaton and Schaumburg drunk driving accident lawyer with whom you can discuss your legal options. At the Therman Law Offices, we understand that these types of accidents may adversely affect every aspect of your life, which is why our car crash attorneys are committed to pursuing the justice and compensation that you deserve.
Drunk Driving Accidents Cause Serious Harm
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three traffic deaths involve a drunk driver. In Illinois, the basic offense of driving under the influence (DUI) consists of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. You may still be cited for a DUI if you were driving with a BAC of between 0.05 percent and 0.08 percent if your behavior suggests that you were impaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that nearly 40,000 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in Illinois in 2014, for example.
If you were injured due to an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to obtain compensation for your harm through a negligence claim. Negligence is a failure to use reasonable care behind the wheel that causes injuries or death to a victim. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same circumstances. For example, a prudent driver would not drive while intoxicated, understanding the risk of accidents and injuries associated with this behavior. Thus, a driver who does get behind the wheel while intoxicated generally will be liable for any harm or damage caused by their conduct.
In order to win in a negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, the defendant breached the duty of care by driving drunk, and the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting harm.