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Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Illinois

Pursue Justice & Compensation with Our Auto Accident Attorneys

In Illinois, approximately 4,000 people are killed each year due to the negligent actions of drunk drivers. When an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel, their spatial awareness and focusing ability is severely diminished. Worse, their aptitude for making informed decisions and smart driving choices is equally impaired. This leads to countless accidents and preventable fatalities.

At Sam C. Mitchell & Associates, our Illinois auto accident lawyers provide effective legal representation and services to clients who have been injured by drunk drivers. Our attorneys have over a century of collective experience and are uniquely trained to handle a variety of personal injury disciplines. We can help you pursue justice and equitable compensation for your injuries.

We provide a level of service few law firms can match. If you’re ready to file a personal injury claim, contact Sam C. Mitchell & Associates at (618) 505-1660.

The Consequences of Drunk Driving

Alcohol affects a person’s driving ability by impairing their overall coordination and cognitive thinking. When a drunk driver is responsible for an accident, it may leave a victim with life-altering injuries that necessitate long-term medical care and physical therapy. Oftentimes, car accidents involving a drunk driver are more severe simply because the intoxicated party has little control over their vehicle.

Common injuries in DUI-related accidents include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Concussions
  • Neck sprains
  • Dismemberment

Any of these injuries can prevent a victim from being able to perform their job duties. As a result, they may not be able to afford their treatments or provide for their family. To recover lost income and pay for their medical expenses, the accident victim must file a personal injury claim to secure necessary damages.

Dram Shop Liability

The Illinois Liquor Control Act, known as the Dram Shop Act, holds bars, liquor stores, and other commercial establishments responsible for selling liquor:

  • To minors
  • To obviously intoxicated people
  • After hours
  • Without a license

The term "dram shop" comes from a shop selling alcohol by the dram, a British unit of measure. The law is intended to cut down on the volume of drunk driving injuries.

If an establishment knowingly sells alcohol to someone who should not be drinking, that business can be held liable for damages. Under the law, any person injured by an intoxicated person has the right to sue the intoxicated person, the vendor, and/or person who sold the intoxicated person the liquor, as well as the business owner.

Pursue Damages with Our Legal Team by Your Side

Driving under the influence is not only a crime, it is a violent crime in Illinois. Yet, despite repeated warnings from the media, friends, colleagues, and the Illinois Secretary of State, many people still drink and drive, injuring innocent people.

You don’t have to navigate the complicated legal process alone. At Sam C. Mitchell & Associates, we can help you hold the drunk driver accountable for your injuries and financial losses. Our Illinois drunk driving accident lawyers have a remarkable track record of success and have secured over $200 million in damages for our clients.

We work on a contingency fee basis. Contact our Illinois car accident attorneys at (618) 505-1660 to schedule a consultation.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Right Firm Can Make the Difference
  • Free Initial Case Evaluations
  • You Pay Nothing Unless We Win
  • Over 3,700 Cases Handled
  • Committed to Integrity Above All Else
  • Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Over a Century of Combined Legal Experience

Case Results

Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Burn Victim $24,000,000

    House explosion involving a gas leak causing serious and permanent injuries to the occupants.

  • Auto Accident $9,000,000

    Auto accident involving permanent injury to a mother and her unborn child.

  • Trucking Accident $2,500,000

    Trucking accident which results in permanent injury to the client.

  • Auto Accident $2,500,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - A box truck pulled out in front of our client’s vehicle, resulting in a T-bone crash. Our client sustained serious injuries to his neck and left shoulder.

  • Slip & Fall $1,050,000

    Woman slipped and fell over a parking block at a local restaurant in Nashville, IL. She was left with a broken hip and a long recovery.

  • Auto Accident 920,000

    A man was sheading south on RT 45 in Saline County when TT slowed to make a turn and was rear-ended. Our client suffered injuries to his neck and shoulders. Justice was served for our client.

  • Auto Accident $875,000

    Client was stopped at a red light in O'Fallon when another vehicle failed to stop rear-ending our client. He sustained injuries to his neck, low back and leg.

  • Auto Accident $750,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - Jury verdict in favor of our client who was injured in an intersection crash in Herrin, IL. Before the trial, the defendant’s insurance company withdrew all settlement offers and offered our client $0. Justice was served with a trial verdict of $750,000.

  • Pedestrian Accident $650,000

    Client was struck on the head by a tree branch being cut by the defendant, leaving our client unconscious. He suffered a severe brain injury as a result.

  • Auto Accident $600,000

    A woman was violently rear-ended in Marion, IL and sustained injuries to both of her knees from striking the dashboard and an injury to her foot.

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Client Testimonials

Hear From People We've Helped
  • “The sincerity that he showed is what separates Mr. Dihle from others I have interacted with. I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for a sharp, knowledgeable lawyer who gets the best for his client.”

    - Nathan
  • “Sam C. Mitchell & Associates handled my case fairly and professionally I was able to put the worry of the legalities and paperwork aside and focus on my rehabilitation after my accident.”

    - Sally
  • “My wife and I hired Mr. Dihle in an accident claim. He has proved very well versed in the law concerning the claim. He and his aid we're always pleasant and helpful in explaining what could and could not be done.”

    - Cathy
  • “Bill explained everything to me and kept me notified of how my case was preceding. Attorney Bill Alexander was very friendly and made my very comfortable.”

    - Keith
  • “They fight for their clients and their rights with passion. Their competitive nature gives them an advantage no one can compare to. On top of all of this, they give back.”

    - Iris
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