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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,The Illinois State Police report that the average college student spends more money on alcohol than they spend on books. That fact alone is enough to bring anyone’s attention to the alarming nature of drunk driving accident statistics. They also report that drivers under the age of 21 are involved in 17 percent of alcohol-related fatal crashes. Those drivers represent only 10 percent of licensed drivers in the state of Illinois, but the fatalities, injuries, and disabilities they cause due to driving under the influence are life-altering and irreversible.

Parental Involvement

It should go without saying that parents should not allow underage adults to drink alcohol, but sadly it is a common occurrence for parents to allow those under 21 to drink under their supervision at home. Some parents even go so far as to hide and defend the underage drinker when they are caught driving. Illinois already has a Zero Tolerance law in place for underage drinking and driving, but parents should be aware that the state considers it a Class 4 felony when a parent knowingly allows an underage person to consume alcohol. This type of felony can mean one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.00. If you take zero responsibility for allowing a minor to drink, Illinois State Police will enforce zero tolerance on your actions when it comes time to address the felony. Are There Any Exceptions?

The Zero Tolerance law went into effect in January of 1995 and strictly enforces its ban on underage drinking and driving, resulting in jail time and driver’s license suspension, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the drunk driving incident. The only exception for minors who consume alcohol and are found driving is for those who drank the alcohol as part of a religious service or ceremony. One other exception is taken into consideration for minors who ingest certain prescribed medications that contain alcohol.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Chicago area residents likely remember hearing stories of a catastrophic wrong way collision in May 2014. A 23-year-old man under the influence of alcohol drove his SUV the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive in the early morning hours of May 1st and crashed into a taxi, forever impacting two families’ lives. The collision killed one young law student and caused severe injuries to another, leaving him struggling to survive.

Unfortunately, tragedies like this are becoming an alarming trend in Illinois. Another wrong way collision on Lake Shore Drive in 2014 killed one and injured three, a former police officer was sentenced to prison for a 2013 wrong way crash that killed two young men, and a wrong-way driver injured six people on I-94 in November 2015. Just this March, yet another wrong way accident on the Bishop Ford killed one man and injured two others. Aside from driving in the wrong lane at high speeds, these auto accidents have something else in common: drivers under the influence of alcohol.

Fatal Consequences

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Posted on in Pedestrian Accidents

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,The occurrence of pedestrians being hit by vehicles is ever increasing. So many factors can contribute to pedestrians being knocked down and can lead to very serious injuries and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured.

If this has happened to you or a loved one, you should make contact with a personal injury attorney who can look at the merits of your case. It may turn out that you could receive a cash settlement as compensation for your injuries, treatment and pain and suffering.

Causes

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Posted on in Speeding

 Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Speed limits exist for a reason, and they affect more than just car accident statistics; they impact pedestrian injury statistics as well. The Illinois State Police report that out of all fatal crashes, approximately 32 percent of those are speed related. They also report that most speed-related crashes actually involve only one vehicle, meaning even one driver has the potential power to cause a crash. Something as simple as the number on that dashboard dial makes a difference when it comes to crash and pedestrian injury incidents.

How Fast Is Too Fast?

So, how fast is too fast? What should your limit be? Do not fall into the habit of basing your speed on how fast you see others drive on the highway. Here are the standards in Illinois:

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,After your car has been towed and you have been to the doctor comes the part of a car accident most people hate the most, dealing with insurance. While every car accident is different, there are several common mistakes that people make when they have a car accident claim.

Not Doing Your Own Research on Your Vehicle

If your vehicle has been totaled by insurance you are going to have to figure out the its value. Often, the insurance company will do that for you. The mistake many people make is to simply accept the insurance company’s value without doing their own research.

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