I was involved in a Chicago auto accident with a drunk driver? Can I punish the driver?

As experienced Chicago DUI Attorneys, we know that drunk driving accidents present a particularly sad and tragic type of personal injury because they could have been so easily prevented. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to collect compensation for the damages you have suffered. Being involved in an auto accident with a drunk driver in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you.

At the law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin, Chicago, we are honored to protect and fight for drunk driving auto accident victims. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, Attorney Dan Newlin understands firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois and Chicago get through these horrific events. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you! We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced auto accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your auto accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

Under Illinois law, any individual driving a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or more is absolutely guilty, of the offense of drunk driving. The statute also covers individuals driving while under the influence of methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine and other illegal narcotics, as well as prescription drugs, regardless of whether those prescriptions were legally provided to the driver. My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the victims of auto accidents, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of the auto accident.

When the drunk driver causes an accident and personal injury to another, that injured person may bring a negligence claim against the drunk driver to recover for the injuries that person has suffered. An injured Plaintiff may establish his or her negligence claim by showing that the drunk driver could not maintain his legal duty to safely operate his or her vehicle because of the intoxication and that this failure to safely operate the vehicle caused the Plaintiff’s injuries. If you have questions about punitive damages after a auto accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

In addition to seeking recovery for the personal injury and property damage sustained, a Plaintiff may also seek punitive damages from a drunk driver that caused his injury. Punitive damages are monetary awards designed to punish the particular defendant or offender for his or her conduct, and to deter others within the community or jurisdiction from using the same conduct. The Illinois Punitive Damages Statue provides that punitive damages are available when the Plaintiff can establish that:

The defendant’s conduct was with evil motive or with a reckless and outrageous indifference to a highly unreasonable risk of harm and with a conscious indifference to the rights and safety of others.

Although there is no specifically established cap on punitive damages, these damages are typically awarded at three times the amount of actual damage that the Plaintiff has suffered. However, most automotive insurance does not provide coverage for the award of punitive damages. As such, these damages are collected directly from the Defendant, rather than the Defendant’s insurer.

My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the victims of auto accidents, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of the auto accident. On many occasions we find that auto accidents cause severe injuries and devastating property loss and that injured victims are often times left with permanent incapacitating injuries.

Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced auto accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your auto accident call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.