Posted on October 7th, 2015 by Zane Cagle
An 42 year-old Evanston woman has been charged with an aggravated DUI, class 1 felony and DUI, a Class A misdemeanor in connection with a fatal car accident at the end of September.
According to reports, the Evanston woman had been driving a 1998 Nissan when it hit several parked cars and flipped in the 1700 block of Dodge Avenue around 2:20 a.m. Sunday. The passenger a 45 year-old man was trapped underneath the car after it crashed and died shortly thereafter. The fatality victim was a Army veteran.
The driver of the vehicle has been hospitalized since the crash with serious injuries. In addition to charges, she has been cited with disobeying a red light, driving in the wrong lane, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no insurance.
Car Crash Scenarios
Everything about this crash is tragic. If in fact, the driver was under the influence (stilled alleged), then this is a series of bad decisions resulting in injuries and death. Literally, there is no room for speculation when it comes to alcohol and driving. Finding other transportation when you have been driving can be a real pain–but, it is crucial in order to keep yourself and other safe. More than once, most of us have found ourselves at a place where we ended up having a drink or two when we did not plan. Whether you planned on having those drinks or not, it is your choice on whether you Choose to climb behind the wheel after you have been drinking.
Inattention and Liability vs. Criminal Action
At my firm, we see the results of car crashes every day. Driver error is a big cause of car crashes because it usually involves inattentiveness. Inattention which causes a crash and injuries can result in negligence and liability, however, bad decisions such as drinking and driving is usually criminal. Driving while intoxicated is simply illegal, thus it is criminal. Whether it is someone’s negligence or criminal behavior that causes injuries or fatalities, the injuries or fatality still remains.
Actually operating a motor vehicle or being a passenger is actually quite dangerous when you think about it. Since it is something we do most every day, we try not to think about how dangerous it really it. When you actually stop and think about it, then choosing to drink and drive seems even more insane. We should all be concerned about drinking and driving because of the danger those drivers bring to everyone else on the roadway.
The Cagle Law Firm
At our firm, we can help those injured in a motor vehicle collision. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, we can assist you. Most of our practice involves victims of motor vehicle crashes including motorcycle crashes and tractor-trailer crashes.
Our attorneys are available seven days a week for free consultations.
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