The decision to drink and drive is never a good one. Each year, hundreds of accidents in Illinois are caused by intoxicated drivers, many of which cause serious or fatal injuries to the other drivers and their passengers. One such accident occurred recently in Racine County, and now a woman is fighting for her life.
At an unspecified time on the morning of Dec. 12, a 20-year-old woman was driving north on Highway 32 near Caledonia. At the same time, a 21-year-old man was heading south along the same road when he crossed the centerline and collided with the woman’s vehicle. The crash happened in the area between Harvest Lane and Tabor Road.
Rescue workers had to extricate the woman from her car. She was airlifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The man who allegedly caused the crash was also sent to the hospital, but he reportedly suffered only minor injuries. Authorities confirmed that the man was intoxicated by alcohol and that was a causal factor in the crash. However, the report did not mention if charges will be filed against him.
The seriously injured woman has the right to pursue compensation from the man who caused the wreck. Although she can pursue compensation without any criminal charges against the man, if authorities do charge him with DUI, for instance, the woman can use that as evidence in her claim against him. Either way, the woman will want to work with an experienced personal injury attorney in Illinois who can advise her of her rights and options and help her obtain the maximum amount of compensation available.