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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Lasalle County, IL

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Lasalle County, IL. If a selfish drunk driver injured you or a loved one, call the Lasalle County, 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 Lasalle County and throughout Illinois by standing up to bullies and getting them the financial recovery they deserve.

You can do everything right to protect yourself and your loved ones, but reckless drivers can still change your life without warning. Whether you were coming back to town after a long weekend or lazily driving around on a Sunday, your life was unexpectedly completely disrupted when you did nothing wrong. The Lasalle County, 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 are losing time off work and everything seems different than it was before your accident. We will be by your side until things are made right again. With the dedication, knowledge and tenacious legal representation of our drunk driving accident lawyers, this too shall pass.

In our more than 30 years of litigating and trying cases, we have gotten more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements that the vulnerable in Lasalle County and throughout Illinois and Missouri were owed. Our initial consultation and investigation is free, and you do not owe us a thing until you get the best possible compensation you deserve.

If you were injured by a careless drunk driver, discover how much your claim may be worth by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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

Law enforcement will likely hold a drunk driver accountable in criminal court. Still, a personal injury lawyer is still necessary to get you a financial recovery for all of your damages. Talented, experienced and relentless 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 Lasalle County, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers for My Claim?

That depends on the particulars of your case, and if you have never been injured in an accident before it may be difficult to decide 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 a quick trip to the emergency room, it may not be worth it to hire an attorney. However, many other circumstances require an attorney for the best results:

  • There is a dispute about liability. Drunk drivers who injure people will go in front of a judge in criminal court, and may be motivated not to cooperate 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 their criminal case. Experienced drunk driving accident lawyers will know how to cross-examine the drunk driver in a deposition in order to prove that the defendant were drunk and injured you.
  • The insurance company is not being fair. In a perfect world insurance companies would recognize their responsibility when one of their policyholders decides to make a irresponsible decision that ends up injuring you, that is not always the case. Even if the driver is willing to be held accountable, the insurance company might try to say that your injuries are pre-existing or that they do not have to pay for lost wages because you had paid time off available. Those are all lies, and a skilled drunk driving accident lawyer will be able to combat those deceitful tactics and get you the compensation you deserve.
  • There are other parties you can make a claim against. While a drunk driver is obviously liable, other entities 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 everyone whose negligence contributed to your injuries. Finding other liable parties is vital when the policy limits are not sufficient to pay for the full scope of your injuries.
  • Your injuries require ongoing care. The more severe your injuries the higher your medical bills will be, which makes calculating the full value of your damages more challenging, and motivates the insurance company to try to devalue your injuries as much as possible. Aggressive and dedicated drunk driving accident lawyers will not only be able to calculate and demand full compensation, but we will ensure you receive all of the medical you need to recover.

At Burger Law, we answer all of your questions for free. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT to speak directly to a drunk driving accident lawyer familiar with Illinois laws who will be honest with you about whether we can add to your claim.

How Often Do Drunk Driving Accidents Happen in Missouri and the U.S.?

Drunk driving statistics can be pretty sobering. Every day there are about 28 fatal drunk driving accidents, or about one death in just under an hour. While drunk driving accidents and deaths have consistently become less common since 1982, drunk drivers are still responsible for three-tenths of all auto related fatalities. While organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and stiff punishments for drunk driving have definitely helped, some reckless Lasalle County, IL individuals still choose to disregard others' well-being because of a misplaced self-centeredness. If you are injured as a result, you are owed a full financial recovery and the reckless driver needs to pay for what they did. The Lasalle County, IL drunk driving accident lawyers at Burger Law will use or skills and dedication to see wrongs made right.

The Illinois 2020 Crash Facts found that 19.7 percent of the 1,088 accidents that caused fatalities in the state involved a drunk driver. Of 448 deceased drivers who were tested for alcohol, 37.1 percent tested positive.

Alcohol's Impact on Driving Abilities | Lasalle County, 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 sufficient to considerably impede someone's driving skills. At .02 percent blood alcohol concentration the body undergoes a decline in visual functions, inability to multi-task, an altered mood and loss of judgment. At .05 percent - the product of approximately three alcohol beverages - a person experiences lowered coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, challenges steering and a slower response to emergency situations. It is imperative to exercise great caution and find other ways of getting home if you are intoxicated. Regrettably, sometimes you can follow all the rules ourselves and still be left reeling from the catastrophic consequences of a thoughtless Lasalle County, IL driver disregarding your safety, driving drunk and hurting you or someone you love. Just knowing that the negligent driver will likely face criminal charges, steep fees, restrictions on their license and possibly jail time does not make you whole again. You need the savvy and proficient Lasalle County, 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 find out the best way to proceed and begin on the path to feeling that true justice was achieved.

Drunk Driving Laws in Lasalle County 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 driving under the influence becomes "aggravated driving under the influence" and a Class 4 Felony if:

  • The driver had more than two previous DUI offenses
  • The driver caused a motor vehicle accident that resulted in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement to another
  • The driver caused an accident in a school zone that resulted in personal injury

Third and fourth violations are Class 2 Felonies, a fifth violation is a Class 1 Felony, and sixth and later violations are Class X Felonies.

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

Typically, when you are proving negligence in a personal injury claim, you and your drunk driving accident lawyers must demonstrate the following five elements:

  1. Duty of Care That the driver had a responsibility to avoid harming you.
  2. Breach of Duty That the defendant did not use reasonable care.
  3. Cause in Fact That your injuries are a direct result of the accident.
  4. Proximate Cause That the accident would not have happened but for the driver's negligence.
  5. Damages That the accident led to tangible loss, such as economic damages like medical bills as well as mental anguish. In personal injury claims you can only recover noneconomic damages if there were also economic damages.

There are two aspects that set drunk driving accidents apart from most other personal injury claims. Firstly, 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.1 specifically states that drivers are legally compelled to "exercise due care to avoid colliding" with pedestrians or other vehicles. Meaning the first element is a given. Secondly, the legal doctrine of negligence per se states that anyone who breaks the law is automatically considered to have breached their duty of care. Therefore, in drunk driving cases the first two elements are taken care of under the condition that you can demonstrate that the driver was driving drunk. All your drunk driving accident lawyers will need to demonstrate at that point is that the accident caused your injuries and that you incurred losses as a result.

None of that means you should take the success of your case for granted; the insurance company will still be motivated to pay you as little as possible. That is why it is critical to have tenacious and experienced Lasalle County, IL drunk driving accident lawyers to fight on your behalf and get the financial recovery you are owed.

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

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

A Licensed Alcohol Vendor or Social Host

Dram shop laws permit you to sue a bar or restaurant after a drunk driving accident if the accident caused you injuries. Illinois' dram shop laws are explained in 235 ILCS 5/6-15 of the Illinois Liquor Control Act. Illinois' dram shop law less strict than many other states' in that your drunk driving accident lawyers do not have to prove the vendor did anything wrong, such as sell alcohol to someone underage. You just have to prove:

  • That the establishment sold the driver alcohol, which you can demonstrate with surveillance video, receipts or eyewitness testimony
  • 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 liable for your injuries was under the age of 21 and became drunk at the private residence.

Each year the Illinois Comptroller places dram shop liability limits on how much compensation you can receive in a dram shop case. As of Jan. 20, 2022, those limits are $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 because of the wrongful death of a loved one.

The Owner of the Vehicle

If the driver of the vehicle was not the owner of the vehicle, the owner may also owe you compensation. In a negligent entrustment case, it is negligent to permit someone else to use something which is under the control of the actor if if permitting the activity creates an inherent risk. In a drunk driving accident case in Lasalle County, 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. Reasons they are liable could include:

While drunk driving accident claims can seem pretty cut-and-dry, it is imperative to hire an experienced Lasalle County, IL drunk driving accident lawyer so they can conduct a comprehensive investigation into your accident. 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 Damages Are Available for My Lasalle County, IL Drunk Driving Accident Injuries?

Civil claims in the United States are based on the doctrine of making one whole. "Being made whole" means that when another party is to blame for your injuries, 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 for lost wages, chiropractic appointments and the pain that is a result of rehabilitating from a whiplash injury for a little while. In the worst cases, for example if you lose a loved one, no financial recovery can genuinely make you whole, but the amount should be great enough to provide a least some sense of comfort.

There are three categories 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 unbiased dollar amount. Examples include:
    • Medical expenses — That includes any treatment the day of the injury, operations, prescription or over-the-counter meds, physical therapy appointments and in-home nursing. You will also be paid 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 physically able to work. If your injury resulted in a long-term or permanent injury that no longer allows you to work, 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 chiropractic appointments, or had to send your child to daycare because you could not look after them, you need to be reimbursed for that too.

    In the case of future medical costs or lost earning capacity, drunk driving accident lawyers will ensure the compensation 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 hardships you have been put through, which can include anything from pain when going up and down the stairs to having PTSD anymore.
    • Disability for any permanent physical or cognitive challenges the selfish driver caused.
    • Disfigurement if the accident caused lasting scarring.
    • Loss of consortium if you or a loved one's injuries impede you and your significant other from the companionship and intimate relationships you grew accustomed to.
    • Loss of society if the injuries impede you from giving or your loved ones from receiving the same guidance and care that was once offered.
  3. Punitive damages These are not common in personal injury claims, and are meant to punish the defendant and discourage others from making the same mistakes. When we make a claim against drunk drivers, we always seek punitive damages. Not only does that maximize your financial recovery, but it also makes the insurance company nervous because there is no coverage for punitive damages According to 735 ILCS 5/2-604.1, you and your drunk driving accident lawyers can argue in favor of punitive damagers in personal injury claims for especially appalling behavior. It is clear to us that anyone who sits in the drivers seat while drunk is demonstrating a flagrant lack of respect for your safety.

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

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Lasalle County, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers | Burger Law

We cannot stand bullies, including reckless drivers do not value other people's safety and resistant insurance companies whose prioritize more their profits than doing the right thing. That is why each of our Lasalle County-based drunk driving accident lawyers in Illinois has pledged their careers to fighting on behalf of the injured and vulnerable. You will not see us on TV or billboards. When we are not investigating and litigating cases, our drunk driving accident lawyers are constantly fine-tuning our negotiation and trial skills to get the best results for our clients in Lasalle County and throughout Illinois. We know you did nothing to become injured; someone else's dangerous decisions did. For knowledgeable, compassionate and relentless representation, call the Lasalle County, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

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