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Glenview Drunk Driver Accident Lawyers

Buffalo Grove Drunk Driving Accident Injury Lawyers

Attorneys for Injuries Caused by Impaired Drivers in Cook County, IL

Despite our best efforts, some traffic accidents are simply unavoidable. For example, if you are driving on an icy roadway in the middle of winter, you could be driving as carefully as you know how and following all safety rules, but you might end up losing control and crashing anyway. Other accidents, however, are considered entirely preventable because they involve negligence on the part of one or more drivers. Negligent behavior could include speeding, texting while driving, or running a red light. Crashes that are caused by drunk drivers fall under the category of preventable accidents because they only occur because an individual decided to drive after drinking too much.

At Gruzmark Law, Ltd., our team aggressively represents the interests of those who have been injured in crashes caused by impaired drivers. We understand the importance of holding drunk drivers accountable for their destructive decisions and getting victims the compensation necessary to start rebuilding their lives. If you or a family member have been hurt in a drunk driving-related accident, our experienced personal injury lawyers are ready to go to work on your behalf.

Presumed Liability in Drunk Driver Accidents in Illinois

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law in Illinois, as well as in all other states. A drunk driving or impaired driving criminal offense can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. As such, when a person drives under the influence and causes an accident, the driver is presumed to have been negligent. In drunk driving situations, operating a car or truck on a public roadway while intoxicated is enough for the driver to be considered to have caused the accident. Based on this presumed negligence, a drunk driver is also presumed to be liable for any and all injuries caused by the crash.

Presumed negligence and liability can make drunk driver accident cases somewhat easier, but they do not mean that getting compensation will be automatic. The driver's insurance company may challenge these presumptions by attempting to shift some of the blame for the accident to you. The insurer could also contest the extent of your injuries in an effort to limit payouts. It is also possible that the insurance company might simply ignore your valid claim or delay payment.

Protecting Your Rights in Evanston and Buffalo Grove

The skilled attorneys at Gruzmark Law, Ltd. know how important it is to act quickly following a drunk driving crash. Doing so is often critical in preserving evidence that might otherwise be lost or comprised. We are ready to go right to work as soon as you contact our office. Our team will investigate the details of the crash to determine how it occurred and who might share in the liability for the injuries you sustained. Depending on the situation, other responsible parties might include a restaurant or bar at which the driver was overserved before getting on the road.

As your case moves along, we will also keep track of any criminal proceedings against the intoxicated driver, as information from that case could be helpful in proving your case for compensation. It is important to keep in mind, however, that your case is not necessarily dependent on the driver being convicted of DUI. Even if the criminal case against the driver is dismissed completely, he or she could still be held fully liable for causing your injuries.

Get the Help You Need Today

For more information about recovering damages for injuries caused by a drunk driver, contact the office of Gruzmark Law, Ltd. Call 847-729-7660 to schedule your free consultation and case review with our team today. Our lawyers serve injured clients in Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, the North Shore, Glenview, Northbrook, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Evanston, Skokie, and the surrounding areas.

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