Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Calls for Common Sense as Summer Season Gets Under Way

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As recreational opportunities rise in the summer, so does the risk of alcohol-related accidents, Chicago personal injury attorney Michael P. Schostok of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says.

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Chicago personal injury lawyer Michael P. Schostok

Whether you’re going to the beach or a ballgame, going for a ride on your motorcycle or using your boat, it’s important to use proper judgment.

After a long, cold winter, Illinois residents deserve to enjoy every recreational opportunity they can find under the summer sun, Chicago personal injury lawyer Michael P. Schostok said today.

But Illinois residents also need to realize the heightened risk of accidents, injuries and deaths that can result from mixing those activities with alcohol consumption, especially when they involve operation of a car, motorcycle or boat, Schostok said.

“The National Safety Council has declared June as National Safety Month for a reason – it’s a time of year when, unfortunately, we see a rise in irresponsible alcohol use,” says Schostok of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, a leading Illinois personal injury law firm that represents vehicle accident victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

“The summer may be a great time to take your boat out on the lake or enjoy a cold beer on a hot day,” the Illinois accident lawyer said. “But people need to be reminded that, when you combine the two, you’re putting yourself and others at risk of serious danger.”

Alcohol can play a major role in car accidents in Cook County, Lake County and throughout Illinois. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol-impaired drivers caused nearly 35 percent of the state’s total driving fatalities in 2009, or 319 deaths.

Consuming alcohol impairs a driver’s judgment, which can lead to speeding, weaving, failing to brake or the inability to react to other motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians on the road, Schostok said.

Motorcycle accidents and boating accidents can be caused by the same alcohol-related issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that alcohol causes one in every five of the country’s boating deaths each year.

“Whether you’re going to the beach or a ballgame, going for a ride on your motorcycle or using your boat, it’s important to use proper judgment,” Schostok said. “When a person fails to use common sense, the law allows you to be held fully accountable for any harm you cause.”

Even though a drunk driver is automatically considered to be negligent under Illinois law, complex issues can arise in alcohol-related personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, such as obtaining compensation through the intoxicated driver’s insurance policy and, in some cases, the victim’s own insurance coverage, Schostok says.

That’s where an experienced and qualified Chicago accident lawyer can serve an important role, Schostok says.

“Our law firm has a history of securing favorable recoveries for Illinois drunk driving accident victims and their families,” he says. “We can’t change the fact that a tragedy has occurred, but we work hard to make sure victims have the compensation they need to move forward with their lives.”

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is a leading Illinois personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $585 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 160 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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