Posted On: October 7, 2008 by Christopher T. Hurley

DUI Death Toll Decreased in Illinois in 2007

The Department of Transportation announced the latest national drunk driving-related death statistics. The report, found here, showed that in most states the total DUI deaths in 2007 dropped significantly since the year before, but nearly half of the states experienced an increase in drunk driving-related motorcycle fatalities.

Nationally, almost 13,000 people died in accidents involving motorists with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more which is a drop from the almost 13,500 people who died in DUI car crashes in 2006. The number of drunk driving deaths in Illinois was 434— twelve less than in 2006—but consistent with the nationwide trend, Illinois DUI motorcycle deaths increased nearly 32 percent.

If you have been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, you may have rights against the person or even the business that provided the alcohol to the drunk driver. Under Illinois law, this type of liability is often known as dram shop liability.

The Chicago Car accident attorneys at Hurley McKenna & Mertz have experience in bringing lawsuits against drunk drivers and against dram shops. Questions about this post can be directed to Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorney Chris Hurley at (312) 553-4900.

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