It is always saddening to hear of fatal motor vehicle accidents close to home in Chicago, especially when the death occurs to a young adult with a bright and promising future. Recent news has informed us that an accident took the life of a University of Chicago law student, soon to graduate and embark on her future and career. This is especially disheartening for our lawyers to learn, because we know the hard work this young person put forth to achieve her goals and the pride her family has in her. Sadly, due to another person’s negligence, her aspirations were selfishly taken away.
According to the news from Chicago Tribune, the student was killed in a wrong-way crash on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive near Randolph Street. She was getting a ride in a taxi in the northbound lanes when another car drove the wrong way south and collided with the taxi in which she was riding. One of her classmates also in the taxi was in jured and remains in critical condition.
Furthermore, according to CBS, a man has been charged in connection to the fatal crash. A Cook County judge has set the suspect’s bond at $750,000. He has been charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI causing an accident or death, two felony counts of aggravated DUI causing an accident or bodily harm, one misdemeanor count of DUI, and improper use of a controlled access highway. Prior to the collision, the suspect driver left a party, and then drove his car the wrong way up the Lake Shore Drive northbound off-ramp by Grand Avenue. He then struck the taxi, whose passengers were partially ejected from the vehicle. The suspect drank five to six beers and shots before getting behind the wheel. He claimed he was trying to drive to St. Louis. He also had a blood alcohol level of .195, which is more than twice the legal limit, and three passengers in his car.
Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is a serious matter, which recklessly and unnecessarily endangers the lives of others. According to the Illinois Secretary of State. It takes only four drinks over a one-hour period to reach a BAC level of .08. However, bear in mind that many people, like the suspect in the above accident, are not only drinking for one hour at a time but have been at parties or a bar for several hours.
Our attorneys believe that accidents that occur as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol are especially tragic because they are always preventable. There is no reason a driver should ever get behind the wheel to drive while intoxicated. We read about people dying every week in alcohol related accidents, yet people continue to make poor decisions. That is why we once again remind drivers that if you are out with friends and intend on drinking, have a plan. Know who the sober designated driver will be, arrange for a taxi or take public transportation, or make arrangements for a place to stay overnight. If you know that you will be driving, you should abstain from drinking. Otherwise, you are knowingly choosing reckless behavior and putting yourself and others in danger. If you have suffered injury or lost a loved one due to a drunk driver, you may be able to hold that person accountable for their wrongdoing. Call our law firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss if a lawsuit is right for you.