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On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old woman was arrested on DUI charges after crashing her vehicle into Riverside Brookfield High School. The collision, which occurred around 2:40 a.m., was one of only a handful of drunk driving collisions in the greater Chicago area during the recent holiday season. For law enforcement officials and the public, the low number of drunk driving accidents represented a victory for anti-DUI initiatives. 

Holiday Drunk Driving

The holiday season brings celebrations, and many of those involve the consumption of alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over half of American adults admit to drinking more during the holidays. It should come as no surprise that more than 33 percent of all December traffic fatalities occur between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

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Chicago auto accident lawyer, Chicago drunk driving accident attorney, injured in an accident, DUI crime, victim of a DUI, Illinois DUI, DUI crash victim, DUI crashes, Illinois accident attorney, Illinois DUI arrestsIf you are injured in an accident in the greater Chicago area, you are not without recourse. DUI in Illinois is considered a violent crime, and if you have been a victim of a DUI crime, you have the same rights as anyone involved in any other type of violent crime. According to the 2014 Illinois DUI Factbook, a victim of a DUI has the right to (including, but not limited to):

  • Communicate with the prosecution;
  • Have the case proceed in a timely manner following the arrest of the alleged DUI driver;
  • Make a statement at sentencing in court;
  • Be notified of any and all legal proceedings;
  • Restitution (payments made to the victim or victim’s family following a violent crime).

Secretary of State Jesse White also notes that DUI-related crash victims have the right to “be treated with fairness and respected for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.”

This could mean the avoidance of news outlets or media attention, if the family so desires. Many DUI crashes are well-publicized news stories, though the victim or family of the victim may want to stay out of the limelight following the incident. If you feel that you are being disrespected or your privacy is being invaded following a DUI incident, the most important thing you can do is contact an Illinois accident attorney.

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