Don't let your Valentine's Day get derailed by a drunk driving crash. Like any day of celebration, February 14 presents an opportunity in which adults are likely to imbibe. Although it's impossible to do anything about the behavior of other motorists you'll be sharing the road with, you can be responsible for your own actions. Plan ahead to reduce your risk of becoming a statistic:
- Roughly 30 people die each day because of drunk driving in the U.S. (equivalent to one person every 48 minutes and 10,000 people annually)
- In 2017 (the latest statistics), 29 percent of motor vehicle fatalities were caused by drunk driving
- In 2017, 220 children under 14 died as a result of DUI crashes
- In 2016, 295 drivers (19 percent) involved in fatal crashes in Illinois had a BAC of at least 0.08
In Illinois, like all states in America, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter or higher. But it's important to note that a low-level buzz can be distracting, fatiguing and impairing enough to lead to an accident. So remember to drink responsibly, which of course will be influenced by your weight and how many drinks you are having over time. To be on the completely safe side, plan to get a ride home for you and your date if you are going to have more than one drink.
Better yet, take the pressure off and make a rideshare, taxi or public transportation part of the plan. Taking an Uber or Lyft to and from your date destination in Chicago means you and your date won't have to worry about DUI or driving in traffic. Pay someone else to drive so you can have a special night out.
On the other hand, if you've been catastrophically injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, our experienced attorneys can help you decide what to do next. Please call the car crash lawyers in Chicago at Sklare Law Group, at 312-263-0771, for a complimentary consultation.