Lawyer Analysis: what are your legal rights after getting hit by a drunk driver? Lawyer Brian Kent discusses that common question in the second section of this article.
A woman was injured in Bloomington Sunday night after a truck drove by a suspected drunk driver struck her on West Market Street.
Police were called to the 1000 block of West Market Street for reports of a crash at around 7:38 p.m. on Sunday. The report said that a truck struck a woman, a sidewalk bench, and a utility pole before fleeing the scene.
The driver of the truck, a 39-year-old man, was arrested and brought to McLean County Court. Two juveniles were also inside of his truck and were released to a parent/guardian.
The truck driver faces charges of a probation violation, endangering the life/health of a child DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, aggravated reckless driving, driving on a sidewalk, traffic lane usage, and illegal squealing/screeching of tires.
The 38-year-old woman who was hit by the truck suffered minor injuries and was treated at Advocate BroMenn MedicalCenter.
Personal injury lawyer Brian Kent represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers and helps them secure the financial compensation they deserve. We’ve asked Brian to discuss filing a lawsuit after getting hit by a drunk driver in Illinois:
If you’ve recently been injured by a drunk driver in Illinois, be aware that you have legal rights. You may be struggling with medical expenses, lost wages, and other difficulties. Fortunately, you may be able to recover financial compensation through one or more types of lawsuits.
A personal injury lawsuit can be filed against the driver, but in some cases, a dram shop lawsuit can also be filed against an alcohol vendor who provided alcohol to the drunk driver before the crash.
A dram shop lawsuit can provide financial compensation for personal injuries, property damage, and damage to means of support or loss of society. Unlike many other states, Illinois does not have a requirement that the customer was already intoxicated when the alcohol vendor served them.
The requirements for a dram shop lawsuit in Illinois include:
Contact our experienced DUI injury lawyers today for more information on your legal rights after being hit by a drunk driver in Illinois.