If you drive in Chicago or in Illinois, you are prohibited by law to do so while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any intoxicating substance. Many people know this to be the law but still, thousands of drunk driving accidents occur every year in the state, and many of them cause serious damages. Whether the harm occurs to a vehicle or to the people involved, a collision can have a profound impact on those inside a car as well as their families, friends, and loved ones.
Injuries stemming from an impaired driving collision can range from the minor to the severe with broken bones, head and neck injuries, lacerations and scars being some of the common results. Victims may need to obtain medical help and may need rehabilitative care due to the negligent actions of these drunk drivers and may have no one on their side, fighting for their rights. But the laws in Chicago mean that victims are entitled to assistance and have the right to seek relief. A personal injury lawyer may be able to advise you of your rights and your options if a traffic accident has affected your life or has left your loved one injured.
Anyone can be the victim of a drunk driving collision, a lesson that actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green learned yesterday. Green reportedly was driving on Mulholland Drive in California around 9:30 p.m. with his wife, Fox, riding as a passenger. Allegedly, a driver in the area heading in the opposite direction crossed the center line dividing traffic and crashed into Green’s vehicle. It appears that the impact was a side-swipe crash and that at least one tire blew on the actors’ vehicle.
Local police were called to the scene and they spoke with the driver of the other vehicle. Reports indicate that the driver was a 35-year-old male and had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested and charges are pending at this time.
Fortunately, neither Green nor Fox were seriously injured in the accident and the suspected drunk driver also was unharmed.
No one has the right to take actions that threaten the safety of others, yet every day, that is precisely what drunk drivers do when they choose to operate their vehicles in Chicago. While you cannot erase the damages caused by these collisions, you may be entitled to compensation to help you recover.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe in fighting for the rights of victims, and if you have been hurt, we want to fight for you as well. We offer a free case consultation without any obligation to those who call us toll free (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575, and we are standing by 24 hours a day.
Everything discussed in the free consultation will be kept confidential and if we represent you in your case, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Car Careens into Home after Earlier Accident, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published December 4, 2014.
Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green Hit By Drunk Driver, TMZ.com, published December 5, 2014.