A young man who was seriously injured in a drunk driving pedestrian accident in downtown Chicago a couple of years ago has been awarded close to two and half million dollars in connection with his personal injury lawsuit. The injured man lived in Chicago at the time of the accident and was hurt while standing at an intersection in downtown Chicago, when he was struck by a car that came barreling at excessive speeds onto the sidewalk where he and a group of others were standing. In addition to the young Chicago man, six other people were also struck and suffered injuries in connection with the accident.
The driver of the vehicle was a City of Chicago worker, driving in a city owned vehicle, and he tested over twice the legal blood alcohol limit at the time of the accident, according to the Chicago Sun Times. In addition to testing over the legal limit, an open container of alcohol with alcohol missing from the bottle was found in his vehicle following the accident. The young victim suffered multiple broken bones, including spinal fractures, and required nearly a week long stay in the hospital as well as additional surgeries and a great deal of physical therapy in the months following the accident.
Levin & Perconti represented the victim in his lawsuit that was filed against the city worker and the City of Chicago (since the person reasonable was a city employee and was on the job at the time of the accident). The personal injury lawsuit alleged that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident and that the driver failed to yield to a pedestrian and was driving at unsafe speeds given the conditions at the time of the accident. The reason the city was also sued in connection with the accident was not only because the driver was on the job when the accident occurred, but also because of allegations of improper supervision and screening of city employees who are employed to drive city vehicles. The injured young man hopes that having better screening and checks on city drivers will help to keep this type of terrible and completely avoidable accident from happening to others. The victim suggested that breathalizer tests could be required for the vehicle to start, to ensure that no city employee is able to operate their city vehicle if they have been drinking.
The civil lawsuit was filed in connection with the accident in addition to the criminal charges that the driver faced. In his criminal trial, he pled guilty to four counts of driving under the influence and was sentenced to nine years in prison.
Our Chicago personal injury attorneys have helped numerous clients receive the compensation they deserve after suffering serious injuries at the hands of others who were acting negligent or reckless. Our skilled attorneys have helped victims that have suffered all different types of personal injuries, and are happy they were able to help this young victim of a terrible pedestrian accident find some peace and closure in connection with his horrible experience. Please contact our law firm today if you or a loved one suffered personal injuries and want to discuss what legal options are available to you or your loved ones.