If one of your family members has been killed by a drunk driver, the fatal accident lawyers of the Staver Law Group can help you through these difficult times.
Nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, but you can secure your family’s financial future by pursuing a wrongful death claim against the drunk driver.
You and your family may be entitled to compensation for the emotional and material losses resulting from the death of your relative.
The death of a loved one at the hands of a drunken driver will understandably leave you outraged and devastated. We’ll make every effort to lessen the burden of navigating legal procedures all while ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve. If you decide to hire us after your free consultation, you can rest assured that we’ll be there for you at every step of the way. Whenever you might have a question about your case’s progress, we guarantee that you’ll be able to talk to the Staver Law Group attorney who is working on your case.
Wrongful Death Due to Drunk Drivers
There were 895 fatal crashes in Illinois in 2013, out of which 33% involved alcohol. Teen drivers were responsible for 7% of fatal accidents, and surprisingly 34% of them tested positive for alcohol. Drunk drivers suffer from reduced coordination and judgment. This means that they tend to drive more aggressively, while their ability to maintain vehicle control is significantly reduced. Despite the authorities’ attempts to combat drunk driving, alcohol remains a serious danger to people on the roads.
Whenever a driver causes injuries to others because of his or her failure to operate a vehicle with the same level of care as a reasonable person under similar circumstances, that driver will be legally responsible for compensating the victims. For obvious reasons, driving drunk constitutes a failure to exercise ordinary care. Thus, whenever there is evidence of an at-fault driver’s drunkenness, there is a good chance of holding that driver liable for your relative’s death.
Proof and Liability in Drunk Driving Cases
Sometimes, an at-fault driver’s insurance policy and personal assets are insufficient to compensate accident victims adequately. For this reason, your Staver Law Group fatal accident lawyer will explore ways of holding people other than the drunk driver liable for your relative’s death. In Illinois, the so-called dram-shop law allows accident victims to sue the business that sold the drunk driver alcohol. This strategy works because liquor and convenience stores generally have more assets than individual drivers.
What drives us at the Staver Law Group is the passion to get justice done on behalf of accident victims and their families. We’ve recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients through jury awards and settlements. If you’re worried about not being able to afford quality legal representation, we offer a fee structure that allows you to pursue a legal claim with practically no financial engagement. Our lawyers will work on your case for free, and only take their fees once they’ve won your trial or obtained a beneficial settlement.