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Fatal Illinois crash may have been caused by drunk driving

It takes cautious and attentive drivers to keep Illinois' roads safe for those on and around them. This is why Illinois state law regulates excessive speed, the use of distracting devices such as cellphones and other hazards to road safety.

One of the most dangerous and potentially damaging violations is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drunk driving puts everybody at risk and must be avoided at all times.

A collision on a stretch of Interstate 64 near the western border of the Land of Lincoln may have been caused by a drunk driver. The Illinois State Police said that a 29-year-old man from O'Fallon was driving the wrong way on the westbound side of the divided highway near East St. Louis when he struck another car just after dawn.

A 56-year-old woman driving the westbound car was killed on the scene after rescuers attempted to extricate her from the wrecked vehicle. The driver heading the wrong way was evacuated for medical treatment.

Neighbors and friends of the fatally-injured woman gathered to grieve after they received the news that nobody ever wants to hear.

Drunk driving claimed more than 10,000 lives in 2016 across the United States. The survivors of victims of drunk driving accidents have the right to make claims for financial damages such as death-related expenses, wages lost from a life cut short and compensation for emotional distress.

An attorney can represent the interests of the family of a drunk driving victim. Legal representation may increase the odds of a favorable settlement of civil court verdict.

Source: KSDK, "Potentially drunk wrong-way driver at fault for fatal crash on I-64 in Illinois," Sam Clancy and Brittany Verner, Jan. 22, 2018

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