Justice for Drunk Driving Victims and Their Families in Illinois
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents those who have been hit by drunk drivers and their families, helping them find the financial compensation they deserve through civil lawsuits. Here are some of his thoughts on liability for drunk driving accidents in Illinois:
There are many concerns to address in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. Victims who were injured in the crash must get immediate medical attention and the drunk driver must be arrested and charged. It’s also important to consider the role that third parties, such as alcohol vendors, may have played in the crash. In Illinois and many other states, alcohol vendors can be held liable for providing alcohol to an intoxicated person who causes an accident.
Illinois’ dram shop laws are less restricted than most. While many other states only allow vendors to be held liable if the person was already “visibly intoxicated” prior to the alcohol sale, this requirement does not exist in Illinois. Alcohol vendors can be held liable if the following factors can be proven true:
- The vendor sold alcohol to the customer
- The customer caused injuries or damages
- The vendor was the proximate cause of the customer’s intoxication
- The intoxication was at least one of the major causes of the accident and injuries
If you or a loved one has been hit by a drunk driver in Illinois, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking to one of our experienced drunk driving accident victims lawyers.
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