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Illinois DUI car accidents are not just about alcohol

When people hear the term "driving under the influence," the most common thing that comes to mind is driving after drinking alcohol. However, with the dramatic rise in prescription painkiller and heroin usage that is plaguing the country, drivers who are under the influence in many car accidents today have not even consumed a sip of alcohol. After a recent wreck, an Illinois man has been charged with driving under the influence of heroin.

According to the police report, a 26-year-old man was driving along a local Galesburg road on Wednesday, November 21 at approximately 9:13 a.m. when he crossed the road's center line. His vehicle crashed head-on into another car, driven by a 55-year-old man. The crash caused significant damage to the fronts of both cars, and caused front and side airbags to deploy.

Firefighters were required to cut and pry open the doors to the vehicles in order to reach the two drivers and render aid. Police found a syringe on the lap of the driver who caused the accident, and also recovered aluminum foil with a tan substance on it that tested positive for heroin in a field test. Both drivers were taken to a local medical center for treatment, and the driver of the second car suffered a broken left hip, broken wrist, punctured lung and other cuts and bruises.

Victims and families facing the aftermath of similar car accidents in Illinois may be able to rightfully pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, seeking reimbursement for any monetary and non-monetary damages sustained in the accident. Many unexpected expenses can arise such as medical bills, loss of income and other financial obligations. If the driver is found to have been negligent, this information could be used to establish liability in an Illinois civil court. Most people in these situations seek the counsel of an attorney who is experienced in wrongful death and personal injury litigation.

Source: galesburg.com, "Man charged with driving under the influence of heroin", Robert Connelly, Nov. 25, 2016

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