A suspected drunk driver and two other people were injured in a crash in Yorkville on Friday, November 8. 49-year-old Roberto Munoz of Aurora has been charged with DUI and other offenses.
According to the police, the crash occurred at around 11:47 p.m. at the intersection of Route 34 and Cannonball Trail. The police report states that Munoz rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped at the intersection. This vehicle was being driven by 65-year-old Nan Burkhart of Oswego.
Burkhart was stopped eastbound at a red light on Route 34 when he was rear-ended. According to the police, this caused a chain reaction as Burkhart’s vehicle crashed into a vehicle driven by 54-year-old Ventura Aguilar of Yorkville.
Munoz and Aguilar were both brought to Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora for injury treatment. Burkhart was brought to Rush Copley’s campus in Yorkville.
All of the injuries were considered minor. Aguilar also had a passenger who was not injured in the crash.
Munoz has been charged with DUI, an additional DUI-Alcohol citation, and citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no valid insurance.
Attorney Brian Kent is a personal injury attorney who represents people who have been hit and injured by drunk drivers. We’ve asked Jeff to share some general information regarding the legal rights of those injured by drunk drivers in Illinois:
People who have been injured by drunk drivers may have multiple options for financial compensation, depending on the state where they were injured. In all 50 states, these injury victims may have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Additionally, Illinois and many other states have dram shop laws that allow these victims to sue alcohol vendors under certain conditions.
Illinois dram shop laws state that a claim can be filed for personal injury, property damage, and damage to means of support or loss of society.
In order to have grounds for a dram shop claim against an alcohol vendor for serving a drunk driver, the following criteria must be met:
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or death after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with one of our experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers in a free consultation.