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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Huntley, IL

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Huntley, IL. If a thoughtless drunk driver hurt you or a loved one, call the Huntley, IL drunk driving accident lawyers immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary consultation. We serve the injured and vulnerable in Huntley and throughout Illinois by securing them the maximum compensation they are owed.

You can follow all the rules of the road, but thoughtless drivers can still change your life in a heartbeat. Whether you were on your way home for your in-laws or lazily driving around on a Sunday, all of a sudden your entire life was completely disrupted when you did nothing wrong. The Huntley, 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 piling up, you may not be able to work because of your injuries and your life is not the same as it in the recent past. This burden is not yours to bear alone. With the compassions, knowledge and tenacious legal representation of our drunk driving accident lawyers, this too shall pass.

In our more than 30 years of defending the rights of the injured, we have recovered over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Huntley, IL clients. Our initial consultation and investigation is free, and we do not charge any fees until you get the great compensation you deserve.

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

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

The criminal justice system will likely hold a drunk driver accountable in criminal court. Still, only a personal injury lawyer can get you full compensation for your injuries. Knowledgeable, accomplished and persistent drunk driving accident lawyers can ensure you get maximum compensation 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 Huntley, 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 determine when to hire a personal injury lawyer. If there is no dispute about who is at fault and your injuries are minor and only require an appointment with your primary care physician, a lawyer likely will not be able to add much value to your claim. However, many other circumstances require an attorney for the best results:

  • The drunk driver will not take responsibility for their actions. Drunk drivers who cause injuries will probably be prosecuted, and may not want to admit liability in order to not face the harsh penalties of a DUI. While while not every drunk driver is found guilty, you can still sue a drunk driver if they were found not guilty in criminal court. Experienced drunk driving accident lawyers will know how to utilize the law in order to prove that the defendant were drunk and injured you.
  • The insurance adjuster refuses to offer a full settlement. In a perfect world insurance companies would recognize their duty when one of their policyholders injures you in a drunk driving accident, that is not always the case. 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 they only have to pay for some of your medical care. None of that is true, and a talented drunk driving accident lawyer will be able to combat those deceitful tactics and get you the financial recovery you are owed.
  • There are multiple parties at fault. While a drunk driver is obviously at fault, other parties may bear partial responsibility, such as the driver's employer. Drunk driving accident lawyers will perform a detailed investigation and identify everyone whose negligence contributed to your injuries. This is especially important when your damages exceed the driver's insurance policy limits.
  • Your injuries need extensive medical treatment. The more grave your injuries the more medical treatment you will need, which makes putting a dollar amount on your damages more challenging, and motivates the insurance adjuster to try to minimize your damages as much as possible. Persistent and compassionate drunk driving accident lawyers will not only fight hard to get you the compensation you need and are owed, but we will ensure you receive all of the medical you need to recover.

At Burger Law, there is no risk or obligation when talking to us. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT to speak for a candid conversation with a drunk driving accident lawyer familiar with Illinois laws who will be honest with you about whether it is worth it or not for you to hire an attorney for your claim.

Missouri Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

Understanding just how bad the problem of drinking and driving can be incredibly sobering. Every day 28 people are killed in accidents caused by drunk drivers, adding up to roughly one death in just under an hour. While drunk driving accidents and fatalities have steadily declined since 1982, drunk drivers are still responsible for 29 percent of all auto related deaths. While organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and harsh punishments for drunk driving have definitely helped, some selfish Huntley, IL individuals still decide to jeopardize others' safety just so they party and avoid paying for a rideshare. If you are hurt as a result, you are owed a full financial recovery and the careless driver needs to be held responsible for the harm they have caused. The Huntley, IL drunk driving accident lawyers at Burger Law will fight to make sure that you receive maximum compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

The Illinois 2020 Crash Facts reported that 19.7 percent of the 1,088 fatal crashes in the state involved alcohol. Alcohol was found in the symptoms of over a third of 448 deceased drivers who were tested.

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

While the legal limit for alcohol consumption before driving is .08 percent blood alcohol concentration, a level of only .02 percent is enough to substantially reduce someone's ability to drive. At .02 percent blood alcohol concentration the body undergoes a decline in sight, inability to multi-task, a change in mood and poor judgment. At .05 percent - the product of approximately three drinks - a driver suffers from lowered coordination, inability to follow movement, challenges steering and a slower response to unexpected things on the road. It is imperative to follow proper road safety and let someone else take the wheel if you are intoxicated. Unfortunately, sometimes you can follow all the rules ourselves and still be left to pick up the pieces after the horrible and unfair consequences of a thoughtless Huntley, IL motorist disregarding your safety, getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and injuring you or a family member. Just knowing the harsh penalties that come with a DWI conviction is not enough. Trust in the knowledgeable and tenacious Huntley, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of Burger law to to secure the financial settlement you and your family need and are owed. Call Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your options and begin on the road to feeling that true justice was achieved.

Drunk Driving Laws in Huntley and Illinois

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

  • It is a third or subsequent violation
  • The driver caused a motor vehicle accident 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 class of felony increases are:

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

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

  1. Duty of Care That the defendant was required to act in a certain, safe way.
  2. Breach of Duty That the driver did not use reasonable care.
  3. Cause in Fact That your injuries are a direct result of the accident.
  4. Proximate Cause That the driver's failure to use reasonable care caused the accident that caused your injuries.
  5. Damages That you have sustained losses, such as economic damages like damage to your car as well as noneconomic damages. It is important to note that in personal injury claims you cannot receive compensation for noneconomic damages if you have not sustained a monetary loss.

There are two factors that make drunk driving accident cases different from the majority of personal injury claims. Firstly, 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1 specifically states that people who get behind the wheel of a vehicle are legally compelled to "exercise due care to avoid colliding" with other cars, pedestrians and bicyclists. Meaning a driver automatically owed you a duty of care. Secondly, the legal theory of negligence per se states that anyone who breaks the law is negligent as a matter of law. Therefore, in drunk driving cases the first two elements are taken care of under the condition that you can demonstrate that the driver was intoxicated. 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.

While it may seem like that makes a drunk driving case a slam-dunk, the truth is that many drunk drivers try to avoid taking responsibility and their insurance company will do what they can to help them. That is why it is crucial to have committed and experienced Huntley, IL drunk driving accident lawyers to fight on your behalf and fight until you get the best results in your claim.

Is Anybody Else Liable for My Drunk Driving Accident Injuries in Huntley, IL?

A driver is not the only one who may be held responsible in your claim. Other third parties include:

A Bar, Restaurant or Social Host

Dram shop rules allow you to sue a bar or restaurant after a drunk driving accident if you sustained damages. Illinois' dram shop laws are explained 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 show significant impairment 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 demonstrate with security footage, receipts or eyewitness depositions
  • That the patron 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 furnishes liquor to a guest in a private residence — if the driver at fault for your injuries was not old enough to drink legally and became intoxicated at the party.

Every year the Illinois Comptroller stipulates dram shop liability limits on the maximum amount of money someone can be required to pay in a dram shop claim. As of Jan. 20, 2022, the maximum is $77,787.30 for each person making a claim for the accident, or $95,073.37 if the accident resulted in loss of support or loss of society a family member's wrongful death.

The Owner of the Vehicle

If the driver was driving someone else's car, you may be able to make a claim 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 if permitting the activity creates an inherent risk. In a drunk driving accident claim in Huntley, IL, that means that you must show that the owner of the vehicle purposely allowed the other driver to use their car, and that the owner knew or should have known that the driver had had to much too drink.

The Driver's Employer

If you were injured by someone who works as a driver, for example in a truck accident, bus accident or rideshare accident, you may be able to make a claim against the company that contracted and directed the driver. Examples of negligence on the part of the employer could include:

While drunk driving accident claims can seem pretty cut-and-dry, it is imperative to hire an experienced Huntley, IL drunk driving accident lawyer so they can conduct an exhaustive investigation into your claim. Doing so will not only make sure every negligent party is held accountable, but will also increase your compensation and secure you the full financial recovery you are owed.

What Compensation Can I Recover for My Huntley, IL Drunk Driving Accident Injuries?

Tort claims in the United States are based on the principle of making one whole. "Being made whole" means that when another party is to blame for your injuries, you should be compensated to the extent that returns you to your state before the other person's negligence. In many car accident claims, for example a simple fender-bender, that might mean paying money you lost from work while recovering, chiropractic appointments and the pain that comes with rehabilitating from a neck injury for a little while. In the most tragic cases, for example if you lose a family member, no amount of money can be expected to make you whole, but the financial recovery should be high enough to encapsulate the terrible loss you have sustained.

You can typically recover three types of damages in a personal injury claim:

  1. Economic damages — This refers to the total sum of the money you either lost out on or had to spend because of your injuries. It is an objective dollar amount. Examples include:
    • Medical expenses — That includes any treatment the day of the injury, surgeries, medications, physical therapy appointments and in-home care. You will also be paid for any medical bills that we expect to arise in the future.
    • Lost wages and lost earning capacity — You will be reimbursed for full amount of the wages you lost from not being able to work while you recovered. If your injury caused a long-term or permanent injury that no longer allows you to earn a living as you once did, we will also help you receive compensation for the money you would have earned but are no longer able to.
    • Out-of-pocket expenses — If you had to pay for transportation to and from physical therapy appointments, or had to invest in childcare while you were recovering, you deserve a financial recovery for that too.

    In the case of future medical expenses or lost earning potential, drunk driving accident lawyers will ensure the settlement or verdict amount adjusts for inflation as well.

  2. Noneconomic damages 735 ILCS 5/2-1115.2 defines noneconomic damages as "intangible" damages, "including but not limited to":
    • Pain and suffering refers to the physical and emotional burdens you have been put through, which can include anything from pain when turning your head to having PTSD anymore.
    • Disability if you sustained life-long physical or cognitive challenges because of the accident.
    • Disfigurement if your injuries caused permanent scarring or loss of limb.
    • Loss of consortium if you or a loved one's injuries impede you and your partner from the affection and intimate relationships you once had.
    • Loss of society if the injuries your family can no longer share the same guidance and care that was once offered.
  3. Punitive damages These are not common in personal injury compensation, and are meant to punish the defendant and deter others from making the same mistakes. When we make a claim against drunk drivers, we always pursue punitive damages. Not only does that maximize your financial recovery, but it also makes the insurance company nervous as there is no coverage for punitive damages Under 735 ILCS 5/2-604.1, you and your drunk driving accident lawyers may be awarded punitive damagers in personal injury claims for especially reckless behavior. At Burger Law, we have learned that anyone who drives intoxicated how much of a potential threat they are to other people on the roads.

In addition, we have extensive experience winning the following cases for our Huntley, IL clients:

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Huntley, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers | Burger Law

We cannot stand bullies, including irresponsible drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions and resistant insurance companies who care more about money than morals. For that reason, each of our Huntley-based drunk driving accident lawyers in Illinois has pledged their lives to fighting on behalf of the injured and vulnerable. We are not on TV commercials or billboards. When we are not investigating claims or in the courtroom defending the rights of our clients, our drunk driving accident lawyers are constantly sharpening our negotiation and trial skills to secure the best results for our clients in Huntley and throughout Illinois. We know you deserve it because we know you did nothing to put yourself in this situation; someone else's dangerous actions did. For knowledgeable, passionate and aggressive representation, call the Huntley, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

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