Skilled Chicago Attorneys Protect the Rights of Victims of Drunk Drivers

Ensuring negligent parties pay for their acts

Someone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol places everyone on the road in danger. Some of the most horrific motor vehicle accidents occur as the result of drunk driving. And when those accidents injure innocent victims, those victims deserve to be compensated for the medical, financial and emotional losses they incur. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries as the result of an intoxicated driver, you need the services of an experienced drunk driver victim lawyer in Chicago. You need The Law Offices of Newman, Boyer & Statham, Ltd.

Fighting for your rights when hit by a drunk driver

When the police suspect someone of driving under the influence of alcohol, the first thing they do is attempt to test the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the driver. A BAC of .08 percent or higher means the driver is legally guilty of driving under the influence, or DUI, and the state will likely bring criminal charges against him or her.

This criminal charge, however, will not earn you any compensation as the victim. To receive damages from the drunk driver, you will need to bring a civil lawsuit, with the aid of a Chicago personal injury attorney. These two legal actions are distinct, however. If the driver is found guilty in criminal court, you and your car accident lawyer must still prove your case in civil court.

The driver may try certain common tactics to defeat both civil and criminal charges. He or she may argue that the blood alcohol test was not properly executed. He or she may also refuse a BAC test entirely, and while this does invoke certain automatic criminal penalties, it could leave your civil trial without any real proof that the driver who caused your accident was drunk. Experienced counsel can examine the details of your case and determine what strategies will work in your particular matter.

A DUI victim attorney in Chicago can pursue many types of compensation

A successful civil action in a DUI case can yield compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage

A Chicago DUI victim attorney fighting for those who need it most

When you need a personal injury attorney to advocate for you against a drunk driver, call The Law Offices of Newman, Boyer & Statham, Ltd. We are experienced Chicago car accident lawyers, ready to help you in cases involving any motor vehicle mishap caused by a negligent act. Contact us online today, or call 312.443.1998 to arrange a free initial consultation.