DUI ACCIDENT LAWYER IN PEORIA, IL/
One in three traffic deaths involves an impaired driver. More than 530 people a year die in drunk driving crashes in Illinois alone.
Our DUI accident lawyer in Peoria, IL knows that driving under the influence or DUI doesn’t just mean driving over the legal limit, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. You can also be cited for DUI if your BAC is between 0.05% and 0.08% if you seem impaired to the officer. Car accidents are much more likely to happen even if only a minimal amount of alcohol is consumed before a driver gets behind the wheel of their car.
HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED BY A DRIVER CHARGED WITH A DUI?/
Serious injury in a car accident can not only leave you with large medical bills, it can also disrupt your life, harming your job, activities and even relationships. If you were in an accident caused by a driver charged with a DUI it is important to know your legal options. Consultation with an experienced DUI attorney can give you opportunity to get the compensation and justice you deserve.
We have a record of winning and will aggressively protect your rights. Find out why so many others injured in car wrecks come to us for help.
DUI accidents are not caused by drunk drivers alone. DUI can also be a charge when the driver has not had any alcohol. Per Illinois law, a DUI charge also includes driving while under the influence of “any amount of a drug, substance, or compound in such person’s blood, other bodily substance, or urine.…”
If you are involved in a car accident and one of the drivers was charged with DUI, be sure you understand your rights. Talk to a skilled Peoria DUI accident lawyer today to learn if you have a case. Our Peoria-based team at the Law Office of Jeff Green will ensure we get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
IMPACT ON PEORIA DUI ACCIDENT VICTIMS/
When you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, the consequences can be very tragic—even deadly. From the physical pain resulting from the crash to the mental anguish and lingering consequences of some crash-related injuries, costs can become astronomical. Physical therapy and rehabilitation, medical expenses, the negative impact emotionally on the ability to live a normal life—all contribute to the costs of being involved in an accident with an impaired driver. And certainly, when there is a loss of life, no amount of money can take away the pain of the loss of a loved one.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DRINK/
As soon as you start drinking, alcohol begins to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Alcohol reaches every area of the body, including the brain, and immediately starts to affect you mentally and physically. The more you drink, the more it impairs your judgment, thinking skills, and motor function. Even moderate drinking can negatively affect reaction times, due to the effects of alcohol on the brain.
As drinking continues, your speech can become slurred, your vision is impaired, and motor functions are severely impacted. Because of the effects on the brain, your judgment becomes more and more impaired the more you drink. You may feel “fine” or think you are acting normally, but your body and chemistry tell the real story.
Generally speaking, the body takes one hour to metabolize a drink consisting of a maximum of 1.5 oz. of liquor, 5 oz. of wine, or up to 12 oz. of most beers. However, it can be hard to measure your intake based on the number of drinks you have had. Some drinks are served in much larger glasses than an average standard serving size, so “one” drink can contain the alcohol equivalent of two or three drinks. A person’s body size, metabolism, and other individualized factors also make it unwise to gauge effects based on number of drinks.
DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT STATISTICS/
- According to the CDC, Illinois has a higher than average rate of adults who report driving after drinking too much.
- The NHTSA estimates that almost 50% of Illinois motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol.
- 86% of drivers arrested for DUI in Illinois are first-time offenders. Even a first offense can mean loss of driving privileges, jail and fines as a result of a DUI conviction. Penalties increase with repeat offenses.
- More than 270 people in Illinois were killed during alcohol-related crashes, over a one-year period.
- Men are much more likely to be arrested for DUI than women.
- Most DUI arrests occur on weekends between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.
REDUCING DRUNK DRIVING CRASHES/
Even with steps taken across the country to reduce the frequency of drunk driving crashes, they are still far too prevalent. All 50 states have laws in place making driving with a BAC of over 0.08% is illegal. Because 21 is the minimum age in all states for the purchase of alcohol, any driver under the age of 21 is subject to a “zero tolerance” rule, meaning any BAC above 0.00% is illegal.
In the state of Illinois, sobriety checkpoints are allowed, meaning that police can set up random checks in high-traffic and visible areas in which they can evaluate drivers to determine whether or not they are impaired, including administering breathalyzer tests.
DUI ACCIDENT LAWYER IN PEORIA WHO GETS RESULTS/
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident involving an impaired driver, the law office of Jeff Green can help. We represent victims in all types of car accident cases, including those that involve DUI drivers. We not only make sure your bills are paid, but work to seek the justice you deserve after a tragic accident with a drunk driver. See examples of our success at trial.