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.
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
- Broken bones
- Neck sprains
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.
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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.
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.
Trucking Accident $2,500,000
Trucking accident which results in permanent injury to the client.
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 $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.
Auto Accident $375,000
A woman sustained injuries to her neck, back, right hip, and left knee after being involved in a T-bone collision.