Drivers in Illinois take different actions when they see what they believe to be a drunk driver on the roads. Some call 911 from their mobile phones (which is allowed by the law prohibiting cell phone usage on the state’s roads). Others give the suspected impaired driver a lot of room on the road. A few may even take a different route to their destination or pull off the roadway immediately. The idea is to avoid getting involved in a DUI auto accident caused by the alleged drunk driver. Unfortunately, there are times where there’s nothing that can be done to prevent that from happening.
One driver in Rockford probably had no chance to evade a drunk driving accident. On Friday, November 2, around 8pm, a sport utility vehicle was traveling westbound on Riverside Boulevard near the intersection of Rockton Avenue on the north side of the city. A car traveling the same direction slammed into the back of the SUV, causing the larger vehicle to roll over. The SUV’s driver was pinned and had to be extricated from the crash scene, and was then rushed to a nearby hospital. The man driving the car was arrested by Rockford police on suspicion of driving under the influence as well as failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
From the information given, it appears that the victim has solid grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the alleged drunk driver. This type of suit could allow the plaintiff to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospital expenses, medications, and other related costs. If the victim missed work, a court may award compensation for the unearned wages. In addition, a jury may choose to order the defendant to pay damages for pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages because he was drunk at the time of the rollover crash.