We’ve mentioned before about how many drivers in Illinois react when they see a suspected impaired driver. Many of them try to give the driver in question a lot of room on the roadway in order to reduce the likelihood of an Illinois auto accident. But sadly, sometimes drunk drivers are capable of colliding with vehicles that are not even close to them.
This appeared to be the case over the weekend in Chicago. Early Sunday morning around 1:30am, a 2002 GMC Crew Cab pickup truck was heading south in the right lane of the Dan Ryan Expressway less than a mile west of Chicago State University, when he suddenly veered across all five lanes of traffic and slammed into a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck. According to police, both trucks struck the center median wall, traveled back across the expressway, and crashed into the right side barrier. The driver of the Chevy, a 21-year old Indiana man, suffered severe head injuries and died less than an hour later at an Oak Lawn hospital. The GMC driver, a 42-year old Chicago man, was found to have a blood alcohol level of .106, so he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
From the information provided, it appears that the Chicago man will be held fully responsible for the deadly DUI accident, meaning that the surviving family members of the victim could choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the GMC. In this case, a jury may choose to award the plaintiffs reimbursement for hospital and burial costs, compensation for unearned future wages (the victim was on his way home from his server job at a downtown Chicago hotel when the crash occurred), and monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship. It’s even possible that the defendant could be ordered to pay punitive damages as well if he is convicted of DUI.