While the dangers of drinking and driving are well-known, many people continue to make the risky decision to drive after consuming alcohol. Unfortunately, this decision can result in motor vehicle accidents that will impact those involved -- and, often, their families -- for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, one man in Illinois recently lost his life in an accident believed to have been caused by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.
The incident happened just after midnight on a day in May. According to reports, a 25-year-old male crossed the centerline of an Illinois road, resulting in a head-on collision. The driver of the second vehicle, a 23-year-old graduate student, died at the scene.
A passenger in the deceased driver's vehicle, a 23-year-old female, suffered serious injuries. She was ultimately flown to the hospital for treatment. A passenger in the first vehicle, a 26-year-old male, also suffered serious injuries. The driver of the first vehicle now faces multiple charges, including charges related to drunk driving.
Unfortunately, the decision to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol can result in serious motor vehicle accidents. As a result of this accident in Illinois, one family is left mourning the death of a family member while two other victims are recovering from serious injuries. To help cope with the costs associated with these incidents, victims -- or surviving family members of deceased victims -- have the option of filing a civil lawsuit against the driver believed responsible for the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can help them fully understand their options and the most appropriate course of action.
Source: daily-chronicle.com, "Rochelle man charged with DUI in crash that killed NIU student", May 15, 2017