Roads can be dangerous in any situation, based solely on the number of vehicles moving around each other at high speeds. Car and truck drivers have to maintain constant vigilance while on the roads, avoiding distractions such as cellphones or negligence such as driving while sleepy.
Few hazards are more damaging and potentially lethal than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is why the crime is carefully policed and harshly punished, especially if a drunk driver has hit another person or property.
Two years after striking a 12-year-old boy with his van while drunk, a driver recently received a 10-year sentence for aggravated driving under the influence (DUI) in Rantoul. He pleaded guilty after causing multiple injuries when the collision threw the victim off his bike.
The mother of the victim reported after the sentencing hearing in Urbana that, since the accident, her son suffers memory loss, mood swings and other mental problems. She has difficulty accepting the sentence for the driver, claiming that 10 years is not enough.
The driver fled the scene of the accident after hitting the boy and was located in Alabama before he could be returned to Illinois to face charges. Although there has not been a civil trial targeting the driver, legal representation for victims and their families may be advisable.
Financial damages are also a possibility for victims of drunk driving accidents facing losses due to medical bills or lost wages during recovery. Compensation for pain and suffering may also be part of a settlement or civil action.
Source: WICS, "Rantoul man gets 10 year sentence, victim's family says it's not enough," Senait Gebregiorgis, Sep. 26, 2017