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DUI Crashes and the Fourth of July

 Posted on July 05, 2024 in Car Accidents

IL defense lawyerIndependence Day can be an exciting summer holiday. It is a day when friends, neighbors, and families get together to enjoy cooking out, setting off fireworks, watching the children play with sparklers, and perhaps more than a few alcoholic beverages. As if having intoxicated adults is not dangerous enough, the drive home can be risky due to the sheer number of drunk drivers on the road. Adults and even teenagers might think it is safe to have a few drinks and then try to drive home. However, the Fourth of July is one of the top days for DUI crashes. If you were injured by a drunk driver on or around Independence Day, you have legal recourse. An experienced Glenview, IL DUI crash attorney can fight for you to recover all the compensation you are entitled to.

Pursuing Compensation From a Drunk Driver 

If the driver who hit you is convicted of a DUI, he or she is extremely likely to be deemed liable when you pursue compensation in civil court. A DUI conviction stemming from the accident is incredibly strong evidence of the other driver’s liability.  

Even if the driver is, for whatever reason, not convicted of a DUI, your lawyer can still attempt to prove that he or she was intoxicated when the wreck happened. Your attorney can present evidence like witness testimony showing that the defendant appeared drunk or smelled like alcohol. Evidence like dash cam footage might also help.

The Increase in DUI Crashes Lasts a Week or More

Independence Day falls on a Thursday this year. While many people are off work on the holiday, they may not be off the day after. This might discourage the people most prone to driving drunk from celebrating the holiday exactly on the fourth. Independence Day celebrations might take place the weekend before or the weekend after the Fourth of July. If you can hear fireworks, you can safely assume that people are celebrating and may be drinking and driving.

What to Do After a Suspected Drunk Driving Accident

Calling 911 is appropriate if you suspect that the driver who hit you is drunk, especially if you or someone else needs urgent medical attention. Report your suspicions to the police so that they can assess the other driver for signs of intoxication. Make sure that you get medical care promptly.

Contact a Glenview, IL DUI Crash Attorney

Gruzmark Law, Ltd. is experienced in pursuing compensation from drunk drivers who have injured another person. Our dedicated Cook County, IL drunk driving accident lawyers speak multiple languages, including Russian and Mongolian. Contact us at 847-729-7660 for a complimentary consultation.

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