Aurora Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Helps People Hurt by Intoxicated Motorists
Firm seeks compensation for Illinois victims of drunk driving accidents
According to the state’s Department of Transportation, approximately 30 percent of fatal Illinois vehicle accidents involve drunk drivers. Someone who is impaired behind the wheel does not react as quickly and might not see another car in time to break, increasing the likelihood and severity of crash-related injuries. At Amoni Law Offices, P.C., Aurora drunk driving accident attorney Larry Amoni represents victims of collisions caused by intoxicated motorists. With more than 30 years of experience serving Chicago-area clients, we have the skill needed to pursue fair compensation from liable drivers and their insurance companies.
Impact of drunk driving in Illinois
Though more than 25,000 Illinois drivers are arrested each year on suspicion of DUI, statistics show that only a tiny fraction of impaired motorists ever get caught. Even if no arrest was made, if you suspect that the other party in your accident was intoxicated or affected by drugs, our firm will review the circumstances thoroughly to determine if impairment contributed to your injury. If so, our firm presses for justice through a verdict or a settlement that gives you the chance to cover your accident-related expenses and move forward.
Injuries that result from drunk driving accidents
A driver, passenger or pedestrian could have their life forever altered if they’re hit by a car driven by someone under the influence. Injuries that victims of these crashes often suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Muscle and ligament tears
- Conditions affecting the neck or back, such as whiplash
- Spinal cord damage, including paralysis
Unfortunately, some drunk driving accidents are fatal. In these situations, our firm advises family members and estate representatives regarding the relief that might be available in a wrongful death action. Regardless of the specific harm involved, we work tenaciously to hold dangerous drivers accountable.
What to do if you have been in an accident with a drunk driver
Any car accident, regardless of severity, is upsetting. On top of that, if you realize that the person who hit you was drunk or high on drugs, the emotions can run even higher. Remember that it is best to stay in control and avoid any unnecessary conflict at the scene. Legal issues won’t be resolved there, but later on during settlement discussions or in court. It’s best to concentrate on summoning the necessary first responders, recording your impressions of what happened, taking relevant photos and getting the contact information of any witnesses who might support your eventual claim.
Who is liable for a drunk driving accident?
Someone who is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs usually will bear the lion’s share of legal fault when they’re in an accident. However, victims in these cases might also be able to pursue relief from the establishment that provided the alcoholic drinks to the motorist. Under the Illinois Liquor Control Act, sometimes known as the “dram shop act,” plaintiffs can collect damages from a bar, restaurant or liquor store, even if the driver was not visibly drunk at the time of purchase.
Damages awarded to drunk driving victims
Retaining an accomplished Aurora car accident attorney increases the likelihood of a resolution that holds the intoxicated driver accountable for the harm they’ve done. Damages that you could collect in a successful claim include reimbursement for medical costs, lost income and repairs required for your car. You might also receive noneconomic damages to address your pain and suffering, emotional anguish and lost enjoyment stemming from the crash. Even if your case never goes to trial, Attorney Larry Amoni will thoughtfully assess what a potential jury award might be when negotiating for a favorable settlement.
Contact an Illinois lawyer for a free consultation if you were hit by a drunk driver
Amoni Law Offices, P.C. in Aurora represents Illinois residents who were injured in accidents where the other driver was intoxicated or impaired by drugs. To schedule a free consultation about your legal options, please call 630-473-4008 or contact us online.