Man Injured In Kankakee County DUI Car Accident on Route 113

Man Critically Injured In Kankakee County Collision With Ford Van On Route 113

Man Injured In Kankakee County DUI Car Accident on Route 113

KANKAKEE COUNTY, ILLINOIS (January 5, 2022) – A Kankakee man was seriously injured in a car accident with a drunk driver on Route 114.

Illinois State Patrol are saying that the collision took place around 6:20 a.m. on Monday. A 30-year-old man was in a Ford van when he crossed over the center line and hit an SUV head-on.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident to tend to the injured. A man inside of the SUV was extricated and taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police arrested the driver of the Ford van on suspicion of driving under the influence. A full investigation into the Kankakee County collision remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Illinois DUI Car Accidents

Driver intoxication is one of the most common contributing factors in car accidents. According to one report from the Centers for Disease Control, “Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.1 This is one death every 50 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.” What many drivers don’t realize is that there are a number of substances that could potentially impair them including:

  • Marijuana
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Over-the-counter drugs
  • Prescriptions

It is illegal to operate any motor vehicle in Illinois under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuant to Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-501, no driver may operate their motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. Commercial drivers are held to an even higher standard. No commercial driver may operate their vehicle with a BAC of o.o4% or higher. They aren’t even supposed to start their shift with a BAC of 0.02% or higher.

If the driver of a Ford Van was working at the time of the collision, their employer could potentially be held at fault. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the scope and course of their job duties. Vans are often used for commercial purposes such as medical transport. It’s important to determine the employment status of a van’s driver at the time of a collision. There are a number of other steps that should be taken.

  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.

Any person that is injured due to the negligent actions of a drunk driver may be able to seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. An Illinois car accident attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they can take steps to get you the justice that you deserve.

Investigating An Illinois DUI Car Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the man injured in this collision. This was a preventable crash that should have never taken place. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligent actions of a drunk driver? You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping accident victims get justice and holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.