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One Killed, Three Critical After Chicago Drunk Driving Accident

A Chicago teenager is facing felony charges after a crash in which a 28-year-old man was killed. Authorities say the teen was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

The Chicago drunk driving accident occurred on the Southwest Side early Sunday morning. According to police reports, the 18-year-old drunk driver was driving northbound on South Archer Avenue and attempting to make a left turn on South Sawyer Avenue. However, she failed to yield to a car that was headed south on Archer, causing a deadly accident.

The driver of the other car was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His two passengers were both hospitalized in critical condition.

The drunk driver was taken to the hospital after the accident, but police did not comment on her condition. She had one passenger in her vehicle; he was listed in critical condition following the accident.

The teen was initially charged with a misdemeanor DUI offense, but that charge has since been upgraded to aggravated felony DUI. She was also cited for failure to yield, driving without a license and driving without insurance.

Illinois Uninsured Motorist Lawsuits

Illinois law requires all drivers to carry automobile insurance. However, some drivers choose to ignore this law and neglect to purchase coverage.

After a Chicago uninsured motorist accident, many victims are unsure of their rights. Generally, victims have at least two options.

The first option is sue the driver responsible for causing the accident. If the driver is found liable, victims can recover from the driver's personal assets. However, recovery can sometimes be difficult if the driver has few assets or attempts to declare bankruptcy.

The better route is to file an uninsured motorist claim with the victim's own insurance policy. However, this is only possible if there is uninsured motorist coverage in place. Although Illinois law requires insurers to offer uninsured motorist coverage, drivers are not required to purchase it.

It is always advisable for drivers to purchase uninsured motorist coverage. As this case highlights, the extra cost is well worth the protection.

Source: Fox News Chicago, "DUI Charge Upgraded to Felony for Driver in Fatal Brighton Park Crash," April 3, 2012.

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