Police in Kaneville Township arrested an Aurora woman on charges of driving under the influence following a two-vehicle accident that hospitalized three people on August 18. The accident occurred at around 11:15 a.m. and resulted in the closure of the intersection of Keslinger and Dauberman Roads for about eight hours.
According to investigators, 28-year-old Gigiola Akin was driving a Dodge Avenger north on Dauberman and ran through a stop sign, striking a Ford F450 truck being driven by an unnamed 75-year-old St. Charles man driving east on Keslinger. That man, along with Akin and her passenger, were brought to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment.
Akin has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and disobeying a stop sign.
Have you or a loved one been hit by a drunk driver? Attorney contributor and DUI victim lawyer Brian Kent adds some of his thoughts on legal recourse for drunk driving accident victims:
After a car accident, it’s important to determine who was at fault for causing the accident. Once this is determined, the other driver often has grounds to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Determining fault can be complicated in many accident cases, but drunk driving cases are usually more straightforward, as driving drunk is an obvious example of negligence.
In addition to having a strong case for a claim against the drunk driver, victims often also have grounds for a lawsuit against a negligent third party. According to Illinois dram shop laws, alcohol vendors (like bars, nightclubs, liquor stores, etc.) can be held liable for injuries suffered by drunk driving victims if the following circumstances apply:
Unlike dram shop laws in most other states, Illinois does not have a “visibly intoxicated” requirement – meaning that even if the person they served was not already visibly intoxicated, the alcohol vendor could potentially still be held liable for damages.
If you’re curious about your legal options after being involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, we suggest discussing your case with an experienced DUI victim lawyer.