Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Helping Injured Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
In 2011, 40% of all
automobile accident fatalities were alcohol-related accidents. While the number of alcohol
related fatalities is on a steady decrease since records started being
compiled in the 1980's, 40% is still an alarming statistic. The fact
of the matter is, drunk driving continues to plague us as a nation, and
is a significant cause of injuries and fatalities.
When you or a loved one is hurt in an automobile accident involving an
intoxicated driver, you should absolutely contact an experienced and qualified
personal injury lawyer in Chicago who is familiar with the drunk driving
laws as they pertain to personal injury actions.
Dram Shop Act in Illinois
personal injury law firm of Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC, we are fully trained and extremely
knowledgeable in how the laws of Illinois relating to drunk driving and
automobile accident injuries interplay with each other. There are various
circumstances which may give rise to other defendants being liable in
your case, such as a bar, restaurant, or other establishment that sold
alcohol to the drunk driver.
The Illinois Liquor Control Act states that a commercial vendor may be
held liable for the injuries of a plaintiff in a case caused by an intoxicated
- The vendor sold or provided alcohol to the person that caused the plaintiff's injury;
- The alcohol sold by the vendor caused or contributed to the defendant's
- The defendant's intoxication was the proximate cause of the victim's injuries.
The act actually also holds liable the person who sold or provided the
alcohol to the intoxicated defendant, and the owners, renters, or lessors
of the property where the drinks were served. In fact, the law imposes
liability on anyone over the age of 21 who rents a motel room for any
minors that the adult knows will be drinking alcohol for any injuries
or damages caused by those intoxicated minors.
Issues arise that create a complicated web of laws and their application
when the act of serving the intoxicated person happens in one state, and
then the traffic accident occurs in a different state. If an intoxicated
driver who was served by an establishment while he was in Illinois, thereafter
has an accident in Michigan, the liability of the Illinois vendor depends
on the laws of Michigan.
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As Chicago personal injury attorneys, we are always keeping up to date
on the laws of Illinois and other states, in order to best serve our clients
and prospective clients in the future. These issues of conflict of laws
from state to state can be very convoluted and complex. It is always best
to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who can represent
your legal interests and maximize your financial recovery in these cases.
Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case. We are always available to take your call.