Accidents that occur due to alcohol seem to be a tragic inevitability throughout the United States. In Illinois, arrests of drivers for drunk driving car accidents are plentiful, but there are some wrecks that continue to prove that having one too many alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel is not an innocent crime. Recently, a Springfield man killed the passenger riding in his vehicle when he left the road and drove straight into a tree.
The accident occurred on Wednesday evening, September 7. According to witnesses, a 32-year-old man was driving with excessive speed on a local residential street at 6:44 p.m. He apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree beside the road.
The driver and his female passenger were taken to a local medical center following the accident. His passenger suffered a significant head injury, and tragically was pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:40 a.m. The declaration was released approximately six hours after the accident. The driver has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, and may also be charged with operating an uninsured vehicle and the failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. At this time, police still consider the accident under investigation.
Families of Illinois victims involved in similar fatal car accidents could benefit from contacting an attorney who has experience in personal injury law and wrongful death litigation. Many expenses can result from a significant traffic event that are unexpected, such as medical bills, funeral costs, loss of wages and other financial considerations. A personal injury attorney will be in the best position to discuss the various legal options available.
Source: sj-r.com, "Springfield man faces aggravated DUI charge after crash kills passenger", Sept. 9, 2016