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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Fairview Heights, IL. We all owe it to each other to respect the rules of the road and keep each other safe. When another driver drives drunk, they're making a ridiculously selfish and thoughtless decision. If you or someone you love was hurt because of that decision, you have a right to seek justice through financial compensation. Motor vehicle wrecks and the injuries that come with them are always unanticipated, and the financial effects from medical expenses and lost wages are sudden and profound. Halvorsen Klote's Fairview Heights, IL drunk driving accident lawyers have devoted their lives to offering the injured and vulnerable in Missouri and Southern Illinois the same high quality legal advocacy that large corporations have. If you were injured because someone made the selfish decision to drink and drive, call HK Law today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online.

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Drunk Driving Statistics | Fairview Heights, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

Though drunk driving deaths have diminished 45 percent since 1982, there are still way too many people on the Fairview Heights, IL roads who put others at risk by getting behind the wheel drunk. When they do and harm you, the Fairview Heights, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will stand by your side and make certain they are held accountable and you get the great compensation you need to be made whole again.

As stated by reporting from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people are killed every day in drunk driving accidents, which amounts to one death every 52 minutes, and more than 10,000 people annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in both Illinois and Missouri, 2.2 percent of drivers admitted to driving after having too much to drink in the previous 30 days. The annual cost associated with drunk driving collisions nationwide totals over $44 billion.

The Missouri Traffic Safety Compendium found that in 2021 alcohol and drug impaired driving contributed to 4,027 auto crash injuries and 287 deaths, 8 percent and 28 percent of the state's total motor vehicle accident injuries and deaths, respectively.

The Illinois 2020 Crash Facts states that almost one-fifth of the 1,088 fatal crashes in the state could be contributed to alcohol. Of 448 deceased drivers who were tested for alcohol, 37.1 percent tested positive.

If you've been injured by a drunk driver in Fairview Heights, IL, call HK Law's drunk driving accident lawyers today at 817-51-HKLAW.

What Are the Drunk Driving Laws and Penalties in My State? | Fairview Heights, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

In both Missouri and Illinois, it is unlawful for a person to drive or be in ”actual physical control” of a motor vehicle:

  • With a BAC of over .08
  • While under the influence of alcohol
  • While impaired by alcohol, intoxicating compounds, drugs, or a combination thereof to an extent that renders the person incapable of driving safely

The two states differ somewhat in terms of penalties:

Missouri

  • First offense: Up to 6 months in jail, fines not exceeding $1,000, a license revocation of 30 days and potentially having an ignition-blocking breathalyzer placed on your vehicle.
  • Second offense: Up to 1 year in jail, fine no greater than $2,000, a license revocation of 1 year and the ignition interlock device placed in your car for at least 6 months.
  • Third offense: Up to 4 years in jail, fine no greater than $10,000, a license revocation of 10 years and the an ignition-blocking breathalyzer placed in your car for a minimum of 6 months.

Illinois

  • First offense: Up to 1 year in jail, fines no greater than $2,500 and a license revocation of 1 year.
  • Second offense: A range of 5 to 364 days in prison, fines not exceeding $2,500 and a license revocation of 5 years.
  • Third offense: A range of 10 days to 7 years in prison, fines not exceeding $25,000 and a license revocation for a decade.

Though it may be encouraging that there are severe penalties for people who drive while intoxicated, criminal penalties don't help you collect compensation for your damages. Occasionally, drunk drivers can avoid a criminal conviction or plead guilty to a less serious charge. The Fairview Heights, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will still be able to hold them to blame in your civil case and get you complete compensation for your injuries.

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Who is at Fault for My Injuries? | Fairview Heights, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

While a drunk driver is clearly to blame for your injuries pursuant to the negligence per se doctrine, there may be other parties who are at fault. Missouri and Illinois both have what we call dram shop laws, through which your drunk driving accident lawyers can assist you in holding a bar, or other licensed alcohol vendor accountable. Again, the laws differ between the two states:

Missouri

Under Missouri Revised Statute §537.053, your drunk driving accident lawyers must demonstrate two things in order to win a dram shop case:

  1. If the patron was "visibly intoxicated," meaning they exhibited:
    • Substantially uncoordinated physical behavior
    • Considerable physical dysfunction
  2. If the restaurant or their employee was aware or should have been aware of the fact that the patron was under the age of 21

Revised Statute §537.053 also states that a BAC of over .08% alone is not prima facie, or legally sufficient to prove fault. You and your drunk driving accident lawyers must demonstrate the bar or restaurant and their employees saw physical impairment, such as:

  • Staggering
  • Slurred speech
  • Dropping their drink
  • Knocking other people over
  • Considerably impaired motor movements

Illinois

Illinois's Dram Shop Law is irregular in that the person who injured you did not need to be "visibly intoxicated" for a bar to be at fault. 235 ILCS 5/6-21, the Illinois Liquor Control Act, permits an injured person to make a claim against a licensed liquor vendor if:

  • A vendor-patron relationship existed, meaning you can prove that the vendor sold the drunk driver alcohol.
  • You can prove that the alcohol sold by the bar caused the drunk driver's inebriation.
  • You can show that the driver's drunkenness was the proximate cause of your injuries.

Each year, the Illinois Office of Comptroller must to set liability caps for Dram Shop cases. As of January 20, 2022 those maximums are:

  • $77,787.30 for each person incurring damages
  • $95,073.37 per individual when an injury or death resulted in either loss of support or loss of society.

What Compensation Can I Receive? | Fairview Heights, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

The financial recovery you receive will count on the severity of your injuries and the talent of your drunk driving accident lawyers. When you hire Halvorsen Klote, we'll fight to secure you the best possible compensation for:

Economic damages, for example:

  • Lost wages for time you could not work owing to your injuries
  • Lost earning capacity if your injuries result in an impairment that doesn't allow you to perform the tasks of your job anymore
  • Medical expenses, for instance
    • Emergency room visits
    • Follow up doctors appointments
    • Surgeries
    • Physical therapy
    • Medication
    • In-home medical care
    • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required improvements to your home
    • Future approximated medical bills, such as further physical therapy or medication, or replacement costs for assistive devices or joint replacements
    • Transportation costs to and from medical care
    • Property damage, such as damage to your car

Noneconomic damages, for example:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Inconvenience
  • Physical impairment
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of capacity to enjoy life
  • Loss of consortium

The Fairview Heights, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of Halvorsen Klote have the experience, persistence, and legal skills needed to get you the great financial recovery that you are owed.

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Fairview Heights, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers | Halvorsen Klote

You should not have to pay because another driver made an irresponsible decision, and you do not need to navigate this difficult time by yourself. The Fairview Heights, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of Halvorsen Klote are empathetic, skilled, and accomplished in holding drunk drivers responsible in Fairview Heights, IL for their selfish behavior. We keep you informed throughout the whole legal process, and give you every piece of information you require to make the best decision for you and your family. Call the Fairview Heights, IL drunk driving accident lawyers of HK Law today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online.


Joel Halvorsen

Joel Halvorsen

Attorney at Law

Joel Halvorsen and his partner Greg Klote founded the Halvorsen Klote law firm on the principle that injured people and their families should have access to the same quality legal representation as large insurance companies.


Greg Klote

Greg Klote

Attorney at Law

Greg Klote is a partner and founder of Halvorsen Klote.

Greg has successfully fought for people who were injured through no fault of their own. He became a lawyer to help make a difference in the lives of those who have been wronged and treated unfairly.


Samantha Orlowski

Samantha Orlowski

Attorney at Law

Samantha Orlowski is a practicing attorney Halvorsen Klote.

Samantha joined Halvorsen Klote in 2018 as a law clerk and has since become a practicing attorney. Sam's number one priority is to provide individualized experiences for each client to achieve the best results.