Woman Critically Injured In Volo Head-On Car Accident
Personal Injury - January 25, 2024
36-year-old Deerfield Woman Critically Injured In Volo Head-On Collision By The Intersection of Route 12 and Russell Avenue
VOLO, ILLINOIS (January 25, 2024) – A 36-year-old woman was seriously injured in a Volo head-on car accident by the intersection of Route 12 and Russell Avenue.
Lake County officials are saying that the incident took place around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday night. A 24-year-old driver in a Ford Mustang was headed the wrong direction down the road when it collided with a Mitsubishi SUV head-on.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. A 36-year-old woman from Deerfield was seriously injured and taken to the hospital after the crash.
She is reported to have suffered a spinal fracture and brain bleed. Investigators said that they found an open container of alcohol in the Mustang and suspect driver intoxication may have played a role in the crash.
A full investigation into the Volo collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability for Volo DUI Car Accidents
Driver intoxication is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. According to the NHTSA, “Every day, about 37 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 39 minutes. In 2021, 13,384 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths — a 14% increase from 2020.” Even small amounts of alcohol can substantially impair a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely.
- Alcohol slows down the nervous system and delays a person’s natural reaction time.
- Alcohol can impair a person’s vision including their depth perception.
- Alcohol can cause drowsiness and fatigue.
- Alcohol can make it difficult for people to stay in their own lane of traffic.
It is illegal for any driver in Illinois to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher under Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-501. Any person that is involved in an accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs could be held liable under the legal doctrine of “negligence per se.” What many people may not realize is that even certain over-the-counter or prescriptions can potentially impair them. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any collision.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Any person suspected of DUI should have their blood examined.
- Medical records related to the crash should be preserved.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
Car accidents are often one of the most difficult things that many people will ever go through in their lives. Victims are often left with severe and life-altering injuries. To make matters worse, drivers will often do everything that they can to deny responsibility for a collision. This is why evidence is so important. At the end of the day, evidence will reveal what happened regardless of what any person may claim.
Investigating Lake County DUI Car Accidents
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the Deerfield woman injured in this collision. It is our hope that she is able to make a full recovery. This was a preventable crash that should have never taken place.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Lake County DUI car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping accident victims understand their rights and holding drunk drivers accountable. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.