CHICAGO DUI ACCIDENT LAWYER
Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Illinois’ DUI laws are strict, and law enforcement and prosecutors are serious about enforcing them. Yet, every day, people still choose to get behind the wheel after they have had too much to drink. The results of this intoxicated driver’s choices are often devastating for not only themselves, but others using the same roads as them.
If you were injured by a drunk driver in Chicago or anywhere in Cook County, reach out to Curcio Law Offices for help. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys are committed to holding drunk drivers accountable for their actions and for your injuries. Since our founding in 1957, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients, including many whose lives were forever changed by a drunk driver.
Chicago DWI Injury Claim
There are many questions that come up in the aftermath of a serious car accident injury. What if the drunk driver had no insurance? What if it was a hit-and-run situation? And most of all, just how did this accident happen? Our Chicago attorneys help clients find answers to all these questions and more.
It is only through our knowledge of state law, dedication to clients, and thorough investigative skills that these questions can be properly answered. Our team at Curcio Law Offices routinely works with accident reconstructionists and other experts to determine the sequence of events that led to the crash. Then, we employ our proven negotiation skills to obtain a favorable settlement on our client’s behalf. If the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to take the case to trial in order to get you the most compensation possible for your DWI injury claim.
Should I Get a Lawyer if I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver in Chicago?
If you’ve been hit by a drunk driver, it is important that you hire an experienced drunk driving accident attorney as soon as possible following the accident. Having an attorney helps ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve to cover the physical, emotional, and financial damages you received as a result of another person’s reckless and irresponsible behavior.
Not only will your attorney help you get the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries, but they will also take care of the extensive legal process that comes with a drunk driving injury case. For example, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene and gather any and all evidence that proves that drunk driving was the direct cause of your injuries.
Do Insurance Companies Pay for Drunk Driving Accidents?
Assuming the drunk driver carries insurance, an injured plaintiff can make a DWI injury claim for damages against the liable party’s insurer. This claim essentially demands compensation for the losses the victim experienced as a result of the drunk driver. Losses may include damage to property, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
On the other hand, whether a car insurance company pays for their own client’s drunk driving accident damages depends on what was established in their policy agreement. There are some cases where companies will cover their client’s damages, while other times they may deny coverage because their client was engaged in illegal (and some might say “intentional”) activity.
How Does the Criminal Case Affect My Personal Injury Claim in Illinois?
A DUI-related crash differs from other car accident situations because there are often criminal charges brought against the drunk driver. The outcome of a criminal case does not always dictate the outcome of a civil case, though. In civil court cases such as personal injury claims, the same evidence that is used in a criminal case can be reused in civil matters. However, the standard of proof required to establish liability is much lower than it is in a criminal case. This means that a defendant may be declared innocent in a criminal case, but still be found guilty in a civil case.
While an innocent verdict in a criminal case doesn’t always entail another innocent verdict in a civil case, a guilty verdict in a criminal case will likely bring a guilty verdict in a civil case. This is because a criminal conviction can add serious additional strength to a personal injury lawsuit. If the jury found a person guilty in a criminal proceeding with a much
A Bar Over Served the Drunk Driver Who Hurt Me. Can I Sue the Bar?
Yes, victims of drunk driving accidents are able to sue the bar who overserved the driver responsible for their injuries. This may be done on the grounds of dram shop laws.
Unlike in most other states with dram laws, Illinois does not require that the establishment knowingly or negligently overserved the customer. According to Illinois’ Dram Shop Act, found in the 235 ILCS 5/6-21, they need only prove that they served the drunk driver, who then caused the accident that resulted in the victim’s injuries.
To successfully sue the establishment, the plaintiff must be able to prove three things. These are:
- The vendor (bar) sold alcohol to the liable party.
- The alcohol sold by the vendor caused or at least contributed to the person’s intoxication.
- The intoxication was the direct cause of the accident and therefore, the plaintiff’s injuries.
Call Our Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Today
The Chicago injury lawyers at Curcio Law Offices understand how life-altering a drunk driving accident can be. That’s why we are committed to building the strongest possible case for each and every one of our clients. We want to help you in your recovery process as well as hold the guilty party responsible for their negligent actions. Call us at 312-321-1111 or reach out online to schedule your free consultation today.