When an innocent person is killed by a drunk driver, the family members can be devastated both emotionally and financially. Through the civil justice system, family members can hold drunk drivers responsible for the devastation they cause.
At Cavanagh Law Group, our lawyers can provide the support and advice you need following the loss of a family member in a fatal car accident. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation in wrongful death actions for families in Chicago and throughout Illinois.
Lose a family member in a DUI accident? Contact our attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
Criminal and Civil Remedies in Drunk Driving Cases
Drunk drivers who injure or kill innocent people may be subject to both criminal and civil penalties. Criminal penalties in DUI focus on punishing the perpetrator through fines, jail time, driver's license suspension and other sanctions. The civil justice is about compensating the victims.
Compensation in fatal drinking and driving accidents cases may include coverage for the following:
- Funeral expenses;
- Any medical expenses your loved one may have incurred prior to death;
- Loss of future earnings of the deceased;
- Loss of personal services performed by the deceased;
- Punitive damages for the reckless behavior of driving drunk;
- Loss of consortium; and
- For a child, loss of parental guidance and support.
In Illinois, spouses and next of kin are eligible to recover compensation for damages resulting from wrongful death.
Contact Our Fatal DUI Accident Lawyers
For more information, contact our fatal drunk driving accident attorneys in Chicago at 312-425-1900 or by e-mail.