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Drunk drivers who kill pedestrians may be liable for damages

Imagine your husband was taking his dog for a walk in the neighborhood, but he never came home. A drunk driver, too drunk to pay attention to his surroundings, struck him. Although emergency responders did their best, your husband eventually succumbed to his injuries at the hospital and didn't survive.

It's terrifying to imagine a circumstance like this. However, if a similar situation happened to your family, you may have the ability to pursue financial restitution and justice in court.

Recent example of a fatal drunk driving pedestrian crash

A recent drunk driving incident, which was featured in the news this week, inspired this post. At approximately 11:50 p.m. on a recent Saturday, a drunk driver struck and mortally injured a 63-year-old woman who was going for a walk in her neighborhood at the time. The pedestrian died from her injuries at a nearby hospital only 35 minutes after the collision.

The 23-year-old driver in the incident told police that she drank cognac before getting behind the wheel. Police administered a Breathalyzer test, and the results showed she had a blood alcohol content of 0.105 percent. Authorities arrested her and charged her with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Causing Death.

Personal injury plaintiffs can use criminal convictions as evidence

Family members whose loved ones are killed by drunk driver in Chicago may be able to seek financial damages in court by filing a wrongful death claim. If family members can prove that a driver's state of intoxication directly resulted in an accident that killed their loved one, they will have strong wrongful death claims relating to the loss of their loved ones.

To assist in the litigation of their wrongful death claims, surviving family members can use evidence from criminal proceedings to prove their allegations in court. They may also want to contract the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer, who can help them navigate their claims in this regard.

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