As upsetting as it is to hear, many car accidents are caused by intoxication. This includes individuals in alcohol-involved accidents, where the driver was drunk, or when the driver was under the influence of drugs. In Illinois, along with other states, there are specific laws to hold drivers accountable when they injure or kill someone because they drove under the influence. Beyond this, individuals who are injured by a drunk driver can bring a personal injury suit—both to recuperate financially from their injuries and the things they have missed out on, while also holding the driver responsible.
Recently, in Chicago, a man injured six people when driving under the influence of drugs. The man was driving on I-90 in Chicago when he rear-ended another vehicle on the shoulder of the road. This car then slammed into the concrete barrier, and another vehicle could not stop in time and collided with this car. Six people, including two toddlers, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the first vehicle, who was intoxicated when the accident occurred, has been charged with driving under the influence, operating an uninsured vehicle, improper lane usage, and failure to reduce speech to avoid an accident.
Even in cases where a person is criminally charged after a motor vehicle accident, individuals injured—or killed—in the accident can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Personal injury lawsuits hold the driver financially responsible, while criminal charges can lead to jail time or other penalties.