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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Bartlett, IL

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Bartlett, IL. If you or a loved one was injured because someone else broke the rules of the road and got behind the wheel drunk, call the Bartlett, IL drunk driving accident lawyers immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a no-risk, no-obligation consultation. We serve the injured and vulnerable in Bartlett and throughout Illinois by standing up to bullies and getting them the financial recovery they deserve.

You can follow all the rules of the road, but reckless drivers can still cause incredible damage. Whether you were coming back to town after a long weekend or lazily driving around on a Sunday, your life was immediately completely disrupted through no fault of your own. The Bartlett, IL drunk driving accident lawyers at Burger Law truly care about out clients and their cases and families mean something to us. We know the medical bills are accumulating, you may not be able to work because of your injuries and everything seems different than it was just a short while ago. We will fight for you until there is nothing left to fight. With the compassions, knowledge and tenacious legal representation of our drunk driving accident lawyers, this too shall pass.

In our over 30 years of litigating and trying cases, we have gotten more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements that the vulnerable in Bartlett and throughout Illinois and Missouri were owed. Our case reviews are no-risk, no-obligation, and we do not charge any fees until you get the best possible financial recovery you deserve.

If you were injured by a selfish drunk driver, discover how much your damages may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.

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What Can Bartlett, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Do for My Claim?

The criminal justice system will likely seek a guilty verdict in criminal court. However, only a personal injury lawyer can get you full compensation for your injuries. Talented, seasoned and persistent drunk driving accident lawyers can ensure you get justice by:

At Burger Law, we know the ins-and-outs of every type of auto accident claim and know how to get great compensation.

Do I Need Bartlett, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers for My Claim?

That depends on the specifics of your case, and if you have never had to hire an attorney before it may be difficult to gauge when to hire a personal injury lawyer. If the driver is taking responsibility for his actions and your injuries are minor and only require an appointment with your primary care physician, you may very well be able to get a fair settlement offer from the insurance company. However, there are many situations in which a drunk driving accident lawyer will be able to significantly add value to your claim:

  • The drunk driver refuses to be held accountable for their actions. Drunk drivers who cause accidents are likely looking at criminal charges as well, and may be motivated not to cooperate in order to not face fines, a suspended license and possibly jail time. While a capable defense lawyer may be able to get a drunk driver off on criminal charges, you can still sue a drunk driver if they were found not guilty on state charges. Experienced drunk driving accident lawyers will know how to utilize the law in order to hold the negligent driver accountable.
  • The insurance company is not being fair. While you would like to think insurance companies would fulfill their responsibility when one of their policyholders drives drunk and injures you, far too often that does not happen. Even in the event that the driver is willing to be held accountable, the insurance company might try to persuade you that your injuries are pre-existing or that a lawyer will only take money from you. Those are all deceptions aimed at devaluing your claim, and a talented drunk driving accident lawyer will fight back and let the insurance adjuster know we mean business.
  • There are other parties you can make a claim against. While a drunk driver is clearly liable, other parties may be at fault, such as a friend of the driver who knowingly lent them the vehicle while drunk. Drunk driving accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim and identify anyone who bears responsibility for the accident. This is especially important when the policy limits are not sufficient to pay for the full scope of your injuries.
  • Your injuries require ongoing care. The more significant your injuries the more medical treatment you will need, which makes calculating the full value of your damages more difficult, and motivates the insurance company to try to minimize your injuries as much as possible. Persistent and knowledgeable drunk driving accident lawyers will not only fight hard to get you the compensation you need and are owed, but we will help you receive all of the appropriate medical care.

At Burger Law, there is no risk or obligation when talking to us. Contact us now at (314) 500-HURT to speak directly to a drunk driving accident lawyer experienced with Illinois laws who will be honest with you about whether you need an attorney to get the best results in your case.

Missouri Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

Drunk driving statistics can be quite sobering. Every day 28 people die in accidents caused by drunk drivers, which is approximately one death in just under an hour. While drunk driving accidents and fatalities have steadily declined since 1982, drunk drivers still account for 29 percent of total traffic fatalities as of 2018. While organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and harsh punishments for drunk driving have certainly done wonders for reducing crashes, injuries and deaths, some careless Bartlett, IL individuals still decide to put others at risk while not understanding or not caring about the potential consequences of their actions. If you are harmed as a result, you deserve to be justly reimbursed with a full recovery and the careless driver needs to be held responsible for the harm they have caused. The Bartlett, IL drunk driving accident lawyers at Burger Law will use or skills and dedication to see wrongs made right.

The Illinois 2020 Crash Facts reported that 19.7 percent of the 1,088 accidents that caused fatalities in the state involved alcohol. Of 448 deceased drivers who were tested for alcohol, almost 40 percent tested positive.

Alcohol's Impact on Driving Abilities | Bartlett, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

While the legal limit for alcohol consumption before driving is .08 percent blood alcohol concentration, a level of even .02 percent is sufficient to significantly reduce someone's abilities behind the wheel. At .02 percent blood alcohol concentration you experience a decline in visual functions, inability to do two things at once, exaggerated confidence and inadequate judgment. At .05 percent - reached after roughly three drinks - a person experiences decreased coordination, reduced ability to follow moving objects, difficulty maneuvering and not being able to respond in enough time to unexpected things on the road. It is imperative to do you part in protecting other drivers, passengers and pedestrians and let someone else take the wheel if you are not in the best condition to drive. Regrettably, sometimes you can do everything possible to stay safe and still experience the devastating consequences of a reckless Bartlett, IL motorist disregarding your safety, getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and harming you or a family member. Just knowing that the negligent driver will likely face criminal charges, steep fees, restrictions on their license and possibly jail time is not enough. Trust in the savvy and tenacious Bartlett, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of Burger law to get you the full financial recovery you deserve. Call Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT to find out the best way to proceed and begin on the road to feeling that true justice was done.

Drunk Driving Laws in Bartlett and Illinois

Under to 625 ILCS 5/11-501 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a Class A Misdemeanor. However, a drunk driving becomes "aggravated driving under the influence" and a Class 4 Felony if:

  • The driver had more than two previous DUI offenses
  • An accident occurred that resulted in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement to someone else
  • The driver caused an accident in a school zone that lead to bodily harm

Other instances in which the penalty is more severe are:

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How Do You Prove a Drunk Driving Accident Claim in Bartlett, IL?

There are five elements needed in order to prove negligence in a personal injury claim:

  1. Duty of Care That the defendant needed to use reasonable care to avoid injuring you.
  2. Breach of Duty That the driver did not act in a way that kept you safe.
  3. Cause in Fact That the accident caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause That the driver's breach of duty is the reason for the accident.
  5. Damages That you have sustained losses, such as economic damages like damage to your car as well as mental anguish. It is important to mention that in personal injury claims you cannot make a claim for for noneconomic damages if you have not sustained economic damages.

There are two factors that make drunk driving accident lawsuits different from most other personal injury claims. Firstly, 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1 dictates that drivers have an obligation to "exercise due care to avoid colliding" with other cars, pedestrians and bicyclists. Meaning you do not have to prove the driver owed you a duty of care, as it is already stipulated under the law. Secondly, the legal principle of negligence per se stipulates that anyone who breaks the law is negligent as a matter of law. Therefore, in drunk driving cases you only need to show that the driver was drunk in order to prove the first two elements. All your drunk driving accident lawyers will need to prove at that point is that the accident caused your injuries and that you incurred losses as a result.

Negligence per se does not mean you will automatically be awarded the compensation you deserve; the insurance company will still be motivated to pay you as little as possible. That is why it is critical to have dedicated and skilled Bartlett, IL drunk driving accident lawyers to stand up for you and get the compensation you are owed.

Who Else Can I Sue for My Drunk Driving Accident Injuries in Bartlett, IL?

The driver is clearly to blame for their reckless decision making, but drunk driving accident lawyers familiar with Illinois law will be able to conduct a full investigation and determine if any of the other following parties share liability:

A Bar, Restaurant or Social Host

Many states have what is known as a dram shop rule, under which you may be able sue a licensed alcohol vendor after a drunk driving accident if you sustained damages. Illinois' dram shop laws are specified in 235 ILCS 5/6-15 of the Illinois Liquor Control Act. Illinois' dram shop law is different from many other states' in that the drunk driver did not have to be visibly drunk when they were sold alcohol in order for the vendor to be liable. You just have to demonstrate:

  • That a vendor-patron relationship existed, which you can show with security footage, receipts or eyewitness depositions
  • That the customer they supplied alcohol to was responsible for your injuries
  • That the vendor is responsible for the patron being drunk

You can only sue a social host — meaning someone who supplies their private guests with alcohol — if the driver liable for your injuries was not of legal age to drink and became drunk at the private residence.

Annually, the Illinois Comptroller stipulates dram shop liability limits on how much a establishment or social host is required to pay out. As of Jan. 20, 2022, the maximum is $77,787.30 for each person incurring damages, or $95,073.37 if the accident led to loss of support or loss of society due to the wrongful death of a loved one.

The Owner of the Vehicle

If you were injured by a vehicle that was not being driven by the owner, you may be able to file a suit against the owner. In a negligent entrustment case, someone may owe you damages if they permit a third person to engage in an activity which is under the control of the actor if it would not be safe to do so. In a drunk driving accident case in Bartlett, IL, that means that you must show that the owner of the vehicle purposely gave the keys to the drunk driver, and that the owner knew or should have known that the driver had had to much too drink.

The Driver's Employer

If your accident was caused by someone who works as a driver, such as in a truck accident, bus accident or rideshare accident, you may be able to make a claim against the company that hired and directed the driver. Reasons they are liable could include:

Experienced Bartlett, IL drunk driving accident lawyers like those at Burger Law have seen all of these types of negligence claims and know how to get results in them. When you hire us, we start investigating your claim immediately to determine everyone who is responsible for your injuries.

What Damages Are Available for My Bartlett, IL Drunk Driving Accident Injuries?

Personal injury claims in the United States are based on the theory of making one whole. The concept is that when a person or organization injures you, you should be paid a dollar amount commensurate to the extent of your damages. In many car accident claims, for example a rear-end accident, being made whole means recovering compensation money you lost from work while recovering, follow-up doctors' appointments and the physical strain that is a result of rehabilitating from a whiplash injury for a few months. In the most tragic cases, for example if you lose a loved one, no amount of money can truly compensate you, but the settlement or verdict should be great enough to provide a least some sense of restitution.

Damages in a personal injury claim are broken down into three distinct groups:

  1. Economic damages — This the totaling of all the bills and lost income related to your injury. It is a non-arguable dollar amount. Examples include:
    • Medical expenses — That includes any treatment the day of the accident, operations, prescription or over-the-counter meds, chiropractic appointments and assistive devices such as crutches. You will also receive compensation for any medical expenses that we expect to arise in the future.
    • Lost wages and lost earning capacity — You will receive the full amount of the wages you lost from not being on the job as you were healing. If your injury resulted in a long-term or permanent injury that no longer allows you to perform the tasks required of your job, you will also be compensated for the money you would have made in the future, but for the injuries.
    • Out-of-pocket expenses — If you had to pay for Uber to and from medical appointments, or had to invest in childcare while you were recovering, you need to be reimbursed for that too.

    If we have to take into consideration future medical bills or lost earning capacity, drunk driving accident lawyers will refer to their network of economic experts to be able to precisely account for inflation.

  2. Noneconomic damages 735 ILCS 5/2-1115.2 refers to noneconomic damages as "intangible" damages, "including but not limited to":
    • Pain and suffering refers to the physical and mental pain you have been put through, which can be anything anything from difficulty standing up and sitting down to having PTSD anymore.
    • Disability if you have life-long physical or cognitive difficulties because of the accident.
    • Disfigurement if the accident caused permanent scarring or loss of limb.
    • Loss of consortium if you or a loved one's injuries prevent you and your significant other from the companionship and intimate relationships you once had.
    • Loss of society if the injuries your loved ones can no longer share the same counsel and camaraderie they once did.
  3. Punitive damages These are rarely awarded in personal injury recoveries, and are intended to punish the defendant and discourage future misbehavior. We are aggressive in our pursuit of punitive damages in drunk driving accident claims. Not only does that help win you the money you deserve, but it also motivates the insurance company to be fair as punitive damages are not covered under insurance policies Under 735 ILCS 5/2-604.1, you and your drunk driving accident lawyers can seek punitive damagers in personal injury claims for especially appalling behavior. At Burger Law, we believe that anyone who gets behind the wheel while under the influence how much of a potential threat they are to other people on the roads.

In addition, our Bartlett, IL attorneys have decades of experience winning cases in:

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Bartlett, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers | Burger Law

We hate bullies, including selfish drivers do not value other people's safety and resistant insurance companies who care more about think it is acceptable to withhold the compensation you are owed. That is why each of our Bartlett-based drunk driving accident lawyers in Illinois has dedicated their lives to standing up for the injured and vulnerable. You will not see us on TV commercials or billboards. When we are not investigating and litigating cases, our drunk driving accident lawyers are consistently sharpening our lawyer skills to get maximum compensation for our clients in Bartlett and throughout Illinois. We know you did nothing to become injured; someone else's horrible decisions did. For knowledgeable, compassionate and aggressive representation, call the Bartlett, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

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