Everyone can agree that drunk drivers present a hazard to everyone else on the road with whom they come in contact. Drunk drivers cause countless accidents, many of which are very serious and often even fatal. These kinds of accidents are always tragic and many times the victims of crashes caused by drunk drivers, as well as their families, suffer severe consequences that can last a lifetime. There’s no question that every reasonable measure that can be done to keep drunk drivers off the road should be taken. However, how well are laws and regulations doing at keeping those who have already been convicted of driving under the influence from getting back behind the wheel again while they’re drunk.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were more than 10,000 people who died in 2013 in drunk driving-related crashes. What’s more the FBI reports that although thee are about 300,000 people who drive drunk in the U.S. every day, only about 4,000 a day are actually caught. There also seems to be a serious problem with repeat offenders continuing to get behind the wheel even after multiple convictions. Those who fight against drunk driving claim that too many states have weak laws that don’t punish drunk drivers harshly enough, especially repeat offenders.
In fact, according to Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) anyone who is a repeat offender should spend time in jail. That’s because they claim that as many as 50-75 percent of those repeat offenders will drive under the influence again even if they have lost their license. Anyone who is hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver knows how devastating it can be. Drunk drivers should be held responsible for their actions, which means paying restitution to anyone they have injured in an auto accident.
Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver? Are still feeling the pain and loss from those injuries? Don’t wait any longer to take action. If you or a family member has been hurt in drunk-driving related accident, then you should speak with an experienced Chicago auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. The law only allows so much time before you can make a personal injury claim. Please contact the Law Offices of Michael T. Friedman & Associates, PC at your earliest convenience. We can help you determine if you have a case, then develop a strategy to obtain the damages you deserve. Call us today at 312-339-8816 or click here to contact us online.
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