Motor vehicle accidents are often a cause of serious personal injuries or even fatalities. However, these accidents are even worse when those to blame for the crashes do not take responsibility for their wrongdoing and flee the scene. Hit-and-run accidents are wrongful not only morally but under the law as well.
The Chicago Sun Times, reports that a wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed against a woman who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for drunkenly crashing her van into a couple and killing them. The suit is seeking $50,000 in damages for the crash and alleging that the driver is the cause of the wrongful death. The suit argues that the driver failed to keep a proper lookout or sound a horn when the vehicle approached the couple.
The accident occurred almost two years ago on Chicago’s South Side. The couple was changing a tire in the 3800 block of West 87th Street when a van, which was traveling at 60 mph, crashed into them causing their deaths. The driver had a blood-alcohol level of .194, which is over twice the legal limit. One of the victims was knocked from his shoes and thrown 200 feet. In December 2013, the driver pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. She also did not have a driver’s license.
Our attorneys remind readers that every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, they are accepting a legal duty for the safety of others on the road by avoiding reckless behavior, distracted driving, and choosing to drive with caution. When our actions are the cause of an accident and resulting injuries to others, we are legally responsible. Such accidents often result in serious or even permanent injuries requiring extensive medical care and/or rehabilitation, missed work, and pain and suffering. In the worst situations, negligent and reckless driving that leads to a collision can take lives. Victims can hold drivers accountable for their wrongs through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
All alcohol related accidents are preventable; there is no reason for a driver to ever get behind the wheel and drive while intoxicated. Unfortunately, drunk driving is all too common and our lawyers hope that we can help to reduce the number of drunk driving related fatalities by bringing tragic stories like this to light. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. These statistics are far too high, and these reckless drivers need to be held accountable. Fortunately, the law operates as a great vehicle for reducing the number of drunk driving incidents through lawsuits. In a lawsuit, a decision can make a legal example by punishing wrongdoers and preventing others from making poor decisions in the future.
Our attorneys are passionate about keeping Illinois roads as safe as possible and holding wrongdoers accountable to do so. If you or someone you love has suffered from a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to talk to a legal professional. Contact us for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you with your potential case.