Legal Options For People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Illinois
People who have been injured by drunk drivers have legal rights. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, these victims may have grounds for multiple types of lawsuits. Here is attorney Brian Kent with some thoughts on the legal options available to those who have been hit by drunk drivers in the state of Illinois:
As in all other states, people who have been injured in drunk driving crashes in Illinois may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who injured them. Illinois is also one of many states with a dram shop law, which under certain conditions allows third parties to be held liable for providing alcohol to someone who caused an alcohol-related injury.
Basically, in some situations, people who have been hit by drunk drivers in Illinois may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar, club, or another alcohol vendor that served alcohol to the person responsible for causing the crash.
According to Illinois’ dram shop law, an alcohol vendor can be held liable for injuries caused by a customer if:
- the person responsible for causing the crash was intoxicated at the time,
- the alcohol vendor provided alcohol to the intoxicated person, who consumed it
- the consumption of this alcohol caused the intoxication of this person,
- the injuries at least partly resulted because of that intoxication, and
- the injured person suffered personal injuries or property damage as a result.
Several other states only allow dram shop lawsuits to be filed if the customer was already visibly intoxicated when they were served alcohol, but Illinois is not one of these states. Simply providing the alcohol that caused the intoxication which led to the crash is enough to file a dram shop lawsuit in Illinois.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver in Illinois, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced drunk driving injury lawyer.
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