In Rockford, the driver of a car heading west on Interstate 90 was driving drunk and talking on his cell phone when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the median, hitting a minivan carrying a Minnesota family of five.
All five passengers of the minivan were hospitalized with serious injuries. The accident was fatal for the drunk driver.
Drunk driving and cell phone use are contributing factors to many serious accidents because doing these things results in inattention and loss of control.
Because the accident was fatal to the responsible driver, one of the crucial items of investigation will be to trace his activities the night of the accident to identify whether there are any potential Dram Shop Act defendants. Illinois law permits people injured by intoxicated persons to seek compensation from licensed liquor establishments.
The recovery under the Dram Shop Act is capped at approximately $63,000 per victim. However, unless the drunk driver carried an unusually large liability policy, that may be more than each of them will be able to collect from the assets of the drunk driver’s estate.