Car accidents involving drunk driving can lead to jail time and suspension of driving rights, along with social repercussions involving employment policies and community standing. Those accused of drunk driving should seek to understand their rights and obligations so that they may prepare a solid defense.
A 43-year-old male driver of a SUV was charged with drunk driving and failure to yield after his vehicle allegedly struck a motorcycle near the intersection of Robert Coffin Road and Old Route 53 in the Chicago area. The 21-year-old male driver of the motorcycle was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his life-threatening injuries.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. The crash occurred in the evening hours of Sept. 10. Initial reports indicate that the driver of the SUV was making a left-hand turn at the intersection when the vehicle collided with the motorcycle.
Mitigating factors can affect liability in collisions involving vehicles and motorcycles. Understanding these elements allows those charged to weigh their defense options. A DUI offense can lead to long-term repercussions for a driver. A first offense may carry penalties that include up to a jail sentence and a driver’s license suspension. Anyone charged with a DUI should attempt to make themselves fully aware of their legal rights and options.
While it’s sad that someone was injured in the crash, the defendant has the right to try and defend himself in court. The man deserves to have his rights respected when something as life altering as a conviction is at stake.
Source: Daily Herald, “Chicago man charged with DUI in Long Grove crash,” Jessica Cilella and Paul Biasco, Sept. 11, 2012