Boy Injured In Oregon DUI Car Accident on South 5th Street
Pedestrian Accident - November 1, 2022
10-Year-Old Boy Injured In Oregon Car Accident With Drunk Driver Along South 5th Street
OREGON, ILLINOIS (November 1, 2022) – A 10-year-old boy riding a bicycle was injured in an Oregon car accident with a suspected drunk driver along South 5th Street.
Oregon police officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. A 10-year-old was riding a bicycle when he was later hit by a vehicle.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the boy. He was taken to the hospital and later released.
Police arrested a 56-year-old woman on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. She was also cited for leaving the scene of the accident.
Liability For Oregon DUI Car Accidents
Driver intoxication remains one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. According to the NHTSA, “Every day, about 32 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 45 minutes. In 2020, 11,654 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths — a 14% increase from 2019.” There are many substances besides alcohol that could potentially impair a driver including.
- Sleep aids
- Over-the-counter medications
It is illegal to operate any vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-501, no person shall drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Commercial drivers must not have a (BAC) of 0.04% or higher. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any injury collision.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- An independent investigation should be conducted.
Victims of bicycle accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries. Many victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after a collision. Accident victims do have rights. They have the ability to pursue damages in a civil claim if that is what they choose. It is important that all evidence is properly preserved after any accident.
Investigating An Illinois DUI Car Accident
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the boy injured in this crash and his family. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable crash that should not have taken place.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligence of a drunk driver? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of bicycle safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free investigation into any accident, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.