According to an article by CBS Chicago, a recently deadly rollover crash occurred on the Chicago Stevenson Expressway. On the morning of December 21st, a man died in a car accident on the Chicago Stevenson Expressway. In this deadly rollover crash, his car rolled off the expressway and crashed into a tree nearby Harlem Avenue. According to the Illinois State Police, the crash victim was driving southbound on the Stevenson Expressway when he lost control of his car, leading to the rollover crash. They believe alcohol and high speed were the major factors in the crash and ultimate death.
Alcohol is a major factor in motor vehicle accidents, especially with the holidays and end of the year celebrations. According to an article by USA Today, AAA estimates that during this year’s Christmas and New Year’s season, nearly 95 million Americans will be on the road traveling to visit family and friends for the holidays. However, during these celebrations and visits, nearly 27,900 Americans will be injured in motor vehicle accidents, which could result in an estimated 250 deaths. A major motivation for this estimate is high alcohol consumption during the holidays. On New Year’s from 2007 to 2011, an estimated 42% of motor vehicle accident fatalities were the result of driving under the influence.
However, drinking and driving is a problem all year round too. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that drunk-driving crashes cost approximately $37 billion annually. In 2010 alone, over 10,000 people died in alcohol related crashes. Breaking down this statistic, that is one alcohol-related crash every 51 minutes in the United States.
When an individual drinks and drives, their negligent and reckless driving puts others on the shared road at risk of danger, serious injury, or death. With the holidays and increased alcohol consumption, the number of dangerous drivers under the influence who do not use caution for themselves or others multiplies. Our Chicago accident firm understands the dangers of drinking of driving and will zealously advocate for those who are injured at the result of someone else’s carelessness to drink and drive on the road. In the past, our firm has served victims of crashes and successfully achieved a number of multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements. Contact us for a free consultation to determine if we may be able to help you recover compensation for the harms caused to you.