Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving is a major contributor to traffic fatalities and injuries in Illinois and nationwide. The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that, of the 1,000 fatal crashes that occurred statewide in a recent year, 30.7% involved alcohol. Nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,497 drunk driving deaths that year.
Driving under the influence of alcohol creates serious risks for others sharing the roadways. Our Chicago drunk driving accident attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates are tough advocates for people injured by drunk drivers. Collectively, our trial lawyers have more than 200 years of experience and have earned numerous accolades and awards. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, contact our firm for dedicated legal assistance in holding responsible parties accountable.
Pursuing Compensation for Injuries Caused by a Drunk Driver
When a drunk driver is clearly at fault for an accident, it should be a simple matter to recover damages. However, insurance companies have their own bottom line in mind. They typically fight to pay out as little as possible, even on a drunk driving accident claim.
Illinois is a comparative negligence state. This means that the plaintiff (injured party) in a personal injury case may be found partially at fault for an accident. In which case, damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault, as long as the plaintiff’s percentage of fault is found to be 50% or less. If you have been the victim in a drunk driving accident, the insurance company may try to blame you. They may claim that you were partially or totally to blame for the accident. The insurance company will try to minimize the value of your claim.
Our experienced Chicago car accident lawyers can negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf or fight for your rights in court if necessary. Clifford Horwitz, who heads our lead trial team, has won virtually every case he has taken to trial. With record-setting jury verdicts in more than 25% of these victories, we are confident we can help you.
Dram Shop Laws in Illinois
If you have been hit by a drunk driver in Chicago, you may be eligible to file a claim against more than one party. Under the Illinois Liquor Control Act (also known as “dram shop law”), victims of drunk driving accidents may be able to seek compensation from the bar, restaurant, or establishment that served alcohol to the drunk driver before he or she got behind the wheel. The law in Illinois does not require victims to prove that the establishment that served the alcohol was aware the driver was intoxicated or showing signs of intoxication when being served.
Under state dram shop law, you may be able to hold an establishment liable if you can prove that:
- The establishment served alcohol to the driver
- The driver caused the accident in which you were injured
- The establishment was the proximate cause of the driver’s intoxication
- The driver’s intoxication was a major cause of your injuries
Tough Legal Advocates for Drunk Driving Victims
Drunk drivers cause thousands of fatal and serious injury accidents on our roadways every year. Our drunk driving accident lawyers believe drunk driving victims deserve to be compensated to the fullest extent of the law. After a serious drunk driving accident, get in touch with Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates in Chicago. We have the experience, legal skills, and successful track record you need on your side.