Champaign Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you may be eligible to receive compensation with the help from the Champaign car wreck lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. This is a challenging and difficult time for you and your loved ones, and we are here to help you on your road to recovery. It’s a long process, but with our help, you will not have to face it alone.
With alcohol being the number one killer on American roadways, many lives are endangered on any day of the year when just one person makes the careless decision to drink and drive. Exercising extreme caution during the late night, early morning, or holidays is advisable. However, if you have already been in an accident, you need help immediately. Knowing your rights as a victim is vital in getting the results you need. When you have sustained physical and emotional pain post-accident, you need a qualified team of attorneys to fight for you.
Even when you are driving safely and abiding by traffic laws, it is risky to share the road with a driver who has been drinking prior to getting behind the wheel. You can do everything right and still find yourself or a loved one involved in a drunk driving accident. It’s a long road to recovery, whether your injuries are minor or significant. The emotional distress caused by an accident can sometimes outweigh the physical consequences if your injuries are insignificant.
At Spiros Law, P.C., we truly understand the fear and anxiety that is induced by involvement in an accident, especially one in which the driver was under the influence. If you or a loved one fell victim to the recklessness of another driver in a drunk driving accident, you are not alone. The long-lasting battle that ensues after an accident is daunting, to say the least. We have helped recover millions in cases like yours, and we will not stop fighting until you get the justice you deserve.
Why Do I Need An Attorney?
At Spiros Law, P.C., we pride ourselves on our experience in protecting the rights of our clients. We believe that drunk drivers are a serious threat to society, and we are committed to working to help people who have been the victims of the accidents these careless drivers cause. Navigating the legal system after any accident is complex, but after an accident involving a drunk driver, you will find that even more steps are necessary for claiming monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Depending on the severity and circumstances of your accident, you could experience any number of frustrating results like loss of work, physical injuries, emotional distress, and damage to your vehicle, among others.
Our lawyers will be there to help you pick up the pieces. Your number one priority after a drunk driving accident should be to recover and take care of your family, not to have to pursue compensation from an insurance company, reckless driver, or bartender. Having a lawyer on your side can mean the difference between the compensation to cover all expenses incurred due to the accident, or walking away with nothing more than additional stress. Contacting an attorney should be on your mind from the moment that accident happens.
Why Choose Us?
Our lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. are a team of professionals that will be here for you from start to finish. We are empathetic and focused on your needs following a severe life-threatening accident. Every member of our legal team plays a role in your case so that our diverse perspectives and combined skillsets are always fully utilized on your behalf. Our team is committed to helping our clients receive satisfactory compensation to cover all the costs that are incurred after a personal injury due to a drunk driver’s recklessness.
Our team will stand behind you to be the support you need during this stressful time. We have earned a prestigious and well-known reputation in the state from effectively and aggressively winning cases for our clients. Because of our success, other law firms often refer cases to us, knowing we have the resources and experience necessary to offer clients the impeccable representation they need. From day one of reaching out, our team will be hands-on with your case and will consistently communicate with you about next steps.
Cases We Handle
Our attorneys are qualified to handle multiple aspects of drunk driving accidents, including:
- DUI/DWI: When people drive with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level above the legal limit, they put themselves as well as innocent motorists at risk. Should their recklessness lead to an accident, drunk drivers should absolutely be held accountable for their poor judgement.
- Dram Shop Liability: If an establishment sells alcoholic beverages to minors or to visibly intoxicated patrons, they may be held responsible for the damage caused by these people if they are in an accident.
- Social Host Liability: If a host provides alcohol to a minor, they can be held liable in a drunk driving accident. Not only is providing alcohol to minors inherently dangerous and illegal before they get behind the wheel, younger drivers can be dangerous—even more so with any alcohol in their system.
If you were injured by a drunk driver, it should be a priority to contact Spiros Law, P.C., regardless of whether your situation is listed above.
Frequently Asked Questions
Following an accident with a drunk driver, time may feel like it’s moving a mile a minute. For your convenience, we’ve provided a few of the questions we see most often. Unfortunately, many questions you have will have to have answers tailored specifically to your unique situation, so if you don’t see your question or a suitable answer below, contact us at (217) 328-2828 today.
How can I cover my costs after a drunk driving accident?
Insurance should cover the majority of your costs, including wages incurred while you were out of work. In order to be fully compensated, you’ll want to understand the insurance laws in Illinois, the limits of your and the responsible party’s insurance policies, how the “no-fault” law applies to your case, among other considerations. Your medical expenses and cost of damages are likely very high if you’ve sustained injuries, and we understand how impossible it is to financially prepare for an accident. We offer a free consultation to ensure we can meet your needs, and we are here to work alongside you to obtain full compensation for your suffering.
Should I settle instead of pursuing further legal action?
Settling can be attractive after an accident, but settling too soon can be risky. It is possible that injuries sustained after an accident will not become apparent until down the road. You may need to seek medical attention, and if you were to settle early on, those expenses may go uncovered by the at-fault driver’s insurance. Often times, if the victim has sustained traumatic injuries that amount to $50,000 or more, the insurer will delay paying a settlement until after the case has gone to suit.
Is Illinois a “No Fault” State?
Illinois is not a no-fault state, rather it follows a “tort” system that uses comparative negligence to determine fault in these types of cases. What this means is that whoever is found legally responsible for the majority of fault for causing the accident must pay the other parties’ damages.
Drunk Driving Statistics
According to the NHTSA’s drunk driving facts, “every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—that’s one person every 50 minutes in 2016.” With 10,000 lives lost each year, this is an epidemic that we simply cannot ignore. Alcohol affects one’s vision and judgment, even after just a small amount, and it is illegal to drive if the driver’s BAC is .08 percent or more. However, the negligent driver can be convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) if their BAC is less than .08 percent and their driving ability is impaired.
Alcohol-related crash stats according to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State:
- In Illinois, 39% of the 991 fatalities were related to alcohol-impaired driving.
- Nationally, 10,076 people died in 2013 due to alcohol-related vehicle crashes.
- The age group with the highest percentage of deaths attributed to them while driving with a BAC level of .08 or higher were 21- to 24-year-olds at 33%, followed closely by 25- to 34-year-olds at 29%
If you or a loved one have been involved in a crash where the driver was under the influence, it is your right to obtain justice. At Spiros Law, P.C., we’ve been helping drunk driving accident victims seek maximum compensation for their losses for years.
Help for Champaign Drunk Driving Accident Victims
If you were hurt in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you should be able to hold them accountable for this extreme recklessness. We completely understand the stress that follows a devastating situation like what you or a loved one has experienced, and we won’t stop short of getting the very best results for you.
We offer a free case evaluation, and with three offices—Champaign, Kankakee, and Danville—we have a team near you ready to help. Don’t wait—complete our online form, chat live, or call our offices today at (217) 328-2828 and we will work for you to get results!