Chicago injury attorneys represent victims who have been injured due to impaired driver motorcycle accidents. The unfortunately reality is that drunk driving continues to be a serious societal issue that the United States has yet to resolve. Every day, at least 30 individuals die as a result of involvement in impaired driving accidents. If you have been injured in a drunk driver accident, please contact Chicago injury attorneys for immediate assistance with your case. Our attorneys are glad to assist you during this difficult time.
Drunk Driver Accident Statistics
Thousands of people die as a result of involvement in drunk driver accidents every year. The National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that about 10,000 people died as a result of involvement in drunk driver accidents in 2013. Impaired driving accidents make up about one-third of all vehicle crashes that occur in the U.S. every year.
Illinois has one of the highest rates for the number of individuals killed in drunk driver accidents. In 2012, there were approximately 950 individuals who died as a result of involvement in impaired driver accidents. In Illinois, alcohol-related accidents comprise 41 percent of the total crashes that occur in the state.
Proving that Another Driver Was Intoxicated
If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash caused by a drunk driver, it will be vital to prove that the other driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. This will be essential to prove that the other driver was negligent. In some states, the other driver may be considered to have been “reckless” or grossly negligent. Additional recovery may be available when a driver has been grossly negligent in causing injuries to a motorcyclist.
In Illinois, the fact that a driver was intoxicated at the time of an accident may prove gross negligence. To prove gross negligence under Illinois state law, an attorney will need to show that an individual’s willful and wanton conduct showed an “utter indifference” or “conscious disregard” for the safety of an individual or others. When an individual has been driving under the influence of alcohol, the Illinois legislature has mandated this to be an act showing a conscious disregard for the safety of others. If an injured victim is eligible to recover under a theory of gross negligence, he or she may be entitled to punitive damages in the state of Illinois.
Recovering Punitive Damages in Illinois
If an individual is eligible to recover punitive damages, this can significantly increase the amount of the award that he or she ultimately receives. In Illinois, an individual may be able to recover up to three times the amount of a base claim that he or she is awarded in a case due to punitive damages.
Perhaps an individual has suffered a total of $1 million in medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering, due to the injuries that he or she has received as a result of involvement in a motorcycle drunk driving accident. If an attorney can prove the other driver was grossly negligent, then this individual’s award could potentially be increased up to a total amount of $3 million.
It is in the best interest of an injured victim to contact Illinois injury attorneys as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident. This way, an attorney can begin the process of gathering the facts to build one’s case. This process may entail requesting access to a police report that shows the level of a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the accident. Medical records may also indicate whether the other driver was drunk at the time of an accident.
Get Help from Chicago Injury Attorneys Today
Chicago injury attorneys are here to assist victims of drunk driving accidents. When a drunk driver has caused serious injuries to another individual, it is important that the individual act fast to get the help that he or she needs. There may only be a limited period of time in which one can file a claim against a negligent drunk driver. In addition, it may be more difficult over time to assemble the facts required to prove one’s case if he or she waits. Contact our attorneys for immediate assistance and to begin moving forward on your case.