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DUI car accidents involving illegal drugs continue to kill

The overprescribing of opiates in the past decade has led to what many call a medical epidemic in the United States. Because of recent crackdowns on pharmacies and “pill mills,” many who are addicted to opiates turn to heroin in order to satisfy their addictions. Many recent Illinois car accidents demonstrate the devastating consequences of addicts driving while high on heroin and other illegal narcotics.

One such crash occurred on August 6, 2015. A 32-year-old Illinois man who had been convicted of heroin possession had just visited his parole officer when he immediately traveled to see his dealer. Later that evening, after taking heroin, the man drove his SUV on Illinois 121. He was seen swerving and almost hitting several vehicles before veering into the path of a car that held a 32-year-old man and a child. The resulting accident killed the man and critically injured his 4-year-old stepson.

This past Thursday, the driver pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, and he was sentenced to 11 years in prison. According to court documents, the man had three prior convictions. At the time of the accident, he was found to have had seven prescription drugs in his system and more than five times the amount of heroin that a person would have to have in his or her blood in order to be considered impaired.

Surviving family members and victims in Illinois involved in similar car accidents could benefit from contacting attorneys who focus on personal injury litigation. Many expenses can result from such a tragic event that are unexpected, such as medical bills, funeral costs, loss of wages and other burdensome financial obligations. Attorneys with experience in dealing with personal injury will be in the best positions to guide family members through this difficult time and discuss the various legal options available for loved ones to seek compensation.

Source:, “Fatal DUI nets 11-year term”, Dawn James, Oct. 14, 2016