People acrossIllinoislike to celebrate New Year’s Eve in different ways. Some like to attend private parties. Others like to gather in clubs, bars, or city centers with hundreds or thousands of other revelers. Sadly, some of these partiers drink too much and then try to get behind the wheel; and they often wind up in jail – or worse.
In the LaSalleCountycity of Marseilles, three people ended up in a local waterway early New Year’s morning, and alcohol is believed to be involved. Just prior to 2:30am, a vehicle was driving along Aurora Street near the intersection of Wallace Street when it left the roadway and crashed into a waterway that feeds into the Illinois River. The 26-year old male driver and his two passengers were all taken to nearby hospitals, though one of the passengers required air transport. Marseilles Police charged the driver with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and a few other crimes in connection with the auto accident.
Illinoislaw states that a driver is responsible for the safety of his passengers. Since the 26-year old man was apparently driving recklessly while intoxicated, he will likely be held completely responsible for the injuries suffered by his two passengers in the accident. So if the passengers aren’t his blood relatives, they may wish to file personal injury lawsuits against him. These suits would allow them to get reimbursed for their medical costs, which could easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars. If the victims are forced to miss work due to their injuries, the defendant could be ordered to compensate them for the wages they should have earned had they been healthy. Furthermore, the plaintiffs may be entitled to monetary damages for pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages if the 26-year old man is convicted on DUI charges.