ABC news reports that Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD as they are more commonly known, and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Driving have launched a campaign to keep the roads safer this holiday season. The good news is that both groups have acknowledged a steady decline in fatal drunk driving accidents over the last thirty years. However, we all know that just one crash is one crash too many as it affects the lives of everyone involved and has a negative impact on the community as a whole.
A spokesperson from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Driving stated that, “[i]t’s a problem that’s always going to be around because people drink and it’s socially acceptable. It’s totally unacceptable to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.” The groups organized a vigil for the families of victims of drunk driving at the Thompson center in Chicago last week. One attendee, the wife of a 35-year-old father of three who was killed when a drunk driver rear-ended his vehicle was still suffering from the shock and sadness that accompany all drunk driving accidents. The organizers of the event hoped that it would help families cope with their losses while raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving. A spokesperson from MADD stated, “one in three families will be impacted by drunk drivers.”
That is truly a shocking and saddening statistic because drunk driving is entirely preventable. If you plan on consuming alcohol, do not drive. The holiday season makes it especially easy for negligent drunk drivers to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. From work parties, to house parties to family gatherings and more, alcohol is always served and all attendees must be responsible. Always designate a driver if you know you will be drinking, and if that is not possible, arrange for public transportation. This is especially easy to do in Chicago, as our public transportation options are plentiful.
Our Chicago accident attorneys have a decade of experience in representing the families of victims of drunk driving. We have helped victims and their families seek justice and the compensation they deserve when their lives have been affected by a negligent drunk driver. We know that the injuries suffered as a result of drunk driving accidents are severe are life altering; both mentally and physically. We have handled numerous drunk driving accident cases and have recovered millions of dollars in Illinois accident verdicts and settlements for victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of the negligence of a drunk driver, contact us for a free consultation.