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.



At the 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 person if:

  • 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 intoxication; and
  • 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.


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.


Meet Our Team

Alan Boudreu

Founding Partner

John Nisivaco

Founding Partner

Jessica Ardon


Emily Noonan

Legal assistant

Eric Bandke


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I came to John Nisivaco after being in a hit and run accident as a pedestrian. It was a very tough time for me and my family. When we contacted John we felt much more at ease. The whole experience was alleviated by John and the firm. He was upfront with us and told us all of our options and possible outcomes. With the case, we were always informed about its progress in a timely manner. I’m glad we came to John because he made our experience with my injury much easier and it was settled very quickly. He also looked ahead and made sure that I would be able to handle my settlement responsibly. I would recommend John Nisivaco to anyone who is thinking about hiring a personal injury attorney.

DaanishPersonal Injury Client

I just want to thank you so much for helping me get through a difficult time. I trusted you completely and you didn’t let me down. You were very professional and caring. My sister is going through a similar situation with her daughter and this incident happened over 3 years ago and she has gotten nowhere. I would highly recommend Boudreau & Nisivaco. You are the best!

Donna L.

Thank you so much for all of your help regarding my settlement! I am extremely grateful for all of your hard work and professionalism. You always took the time to answer my questions, and we knew there were many (sorry about that)! Again, a zillion Thank You's!


A few years ago, I used the law firm of Boudreau & Nisivaco for a work related injury and I was very impressed with their services. I received status updates in the mail and phone calls on my case as it progressed. Even after the settlement, my lawyer continued to call me to ask how I was doing. I would definitely recommend the Boudreau & Nisivaco law firm.


We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for representing us in our workers’ compensation claim in the most professional, knowledgeable and compassionate manner possible. You were there through the tears, the pain, and the heartache, and for that we will be forever grateful. You will always be very special to us.