Category Archives: DUI

Driving While Impaired By Drugs Frequency During Fatal Crashes

Driving while impaired by drugs is becoming increasingly common, and, in addition to drunk driving, continues to be a significant traffic safety issue both nationally as well as locally, such as in Lake County as well as throughout the Chicago area.   This “drugged driving” can include many drugs, with commonly-involved drugs including marijuana, heroin, meth, and cocaine.  If “mixed drug use” occurs, the level of impairment can increase.  As well, if alcohol is used with the drugs, an increased level of impairment can occur.  The subject of drug-impaired driving is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.   Various Lake County accidents in which the driver was impaired by drugs are mentioned.  As seen in these accidents, many result in serious injuries, and some of these injuries resulted in fatalities.

Driving while impaired by drugs is the subject of the May 31, 2018 Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) press release (with full report) titled “Marijuana, Opioids Most Common Drugs Found in Fatally Injured Drivers.”

Two excerpts from the press release:

new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) finds that in 2016, 44% of fatally-injured drivers with known results tested positive for drugs, up from 28% just 10 years prior. More than half of these drivers had marijuana, opioids, or a combination of the two in their system.

also:

“Too many people operate under the false belief that marijuana or opioids don’t impair their ability to drive, or even that these drugs make them safer drivers,” noted GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “Busting this myth requires states to expand their impaired driving campaigns to include marijuana and opioids along with alcohol to show drivers that impairment is impairment, regardless of substance.”

Additional details concerning this driving while impaired by drugs issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

DUI Charges After Erratic Driving On Route 41 In Lake Forest

“Drunk driving” (DUI) continues to be a major traffic safety issue, as seen in statistics both nationally and locally.  In addition to the safety threat posed by drivers impaired by alcohol usage, there has been a significant increase in drivers who are drug-impaired.  The issue of “drugged drivers” is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs.”

On this site Lake County vehicle accidents with injuries involving drunk drivers and drug-impaired drivers are summarized in posts under the “DUI” category.

In a previous post (“How To Spot Drunk Drivers“) potential signs of a drunk driver, and what to do if you see a drunk driver, is discussed.  Two of these potential signs is “Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit” as well as “Weaving or zig-zagging across the road.”

A driver was pulled over by police in Lake Forest in the early morning of April 8, 2018 as he was driving on Route 41 near Westleigh Road.  The incident, after which the man was charged with DUI, is described in the April 15, 2018 Lake Forest Patch article titled “DUI Driver Was Going 10 MPH Below Limit…

An excerpt with regard to the driver’s actions:

Police noticed him driving an SUV 10 mph below the speed limit and swerving around the road and pulled him over. While speaking with him, officers smelled alcohol and noticed he was showing “obvious signs” of being drunk, as well as an open case of beer and several empty beer cans in the car.

Additional details regarding these DUI and drug-impaired driving issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

Lake County Drunk Driving And Drug-Impaired Driving Accidents

A woman was arrested for DUI in Libertyville on February 18, 2018.  The incident is discussed in the February 21, 2018 Grayslake Patch article titled “Slumped Over Driver Arrested For DUI At Busy Intersection:  Police.”  At the time, the vehicle was at intersection of Peterson Road and Milwaukee Avenue.

On this site, accidents in which drunk driving has occurred are summarized in posts found under the “DUI” category.   Incidents and accidents involving “wrong-way driving” – which typically involve drunk driving –  are discussed in posts found under the “‘Wrong-Way’ Drivers” category.

While accidents that occur due to drunk driving continue to be a significant traffic safety issue in Lake County as well as throughout Illinois, “drugged driving” has also become a significant problem.  While there are many drugs that are typically used by drivers who are impaired by drugs, among the most common are marijuana, heroin, meth, and cocaine.  The impairment caused by any of these drugs can be further heightened if “mixed drug use” occurs.  As well, mixing drugs with alcohol can also cause an increased level of impairment.  The subject of drug-impaired driving is discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.   Various Lake County accidents in which the driver was impaired by drugs are mentioned.  As seen in these accidents, some resulted in fatalities.

Additional details concerning these accidents involving impaired drivers can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

Accidents Caused By Drivers Impaired By Drugs And Chemical Inhalation

On Labor Day 2012 (September 3, 2012) there was a pedestrian accident in Highland Park which led to the death of Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, 5, as well as injured other family members that were walking with her at the time.  The accident happened after a car drove onto a sidewalk along Central Avenue.

On this site, the accident and subsequent legal issues – including the associated wrongful death lawsuit that was filed – are discussed in the following posts in chronological order:

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Highland Park, Illinois

New Charges Brought In Carly Rousso Case

Evidence Sealed In Carly Rousso Case

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento Accident

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled Concerning Highland Park Pedestrian Accident

The February 9, 2018 Highland Park News article titled “Woman who was convicted in ‘huffing’ crash that killed Highland Park girl is out of prison” provides a recap of the accident as well as subsequent legal situation, including the recent release of the driver (Carly Rousso) from prison.

As mentioned in the article:

Prosecutors said Rousso was inhaling fumes from a keyboard cleaning product behind the wheel of her father’s Lexus when she lost consciousness, went across several lanes of traffic in downtown Highland Park and struck a local woman who was walking with her three children.

Drivers who drive while impaired by drug use, often referred to as “drugged drivers,” has increasingly become a traffic safety problem.  “Drugged driving” has been the cause of many accidents, including fatal accidents, in the Chicago area.  While the drugs used vary, any such drug use can cause the driver to become (substantially) impaired and lead to an accident.  The subject of drug-impaired drivers, as well as the accidents and injuries such impaired driving has caused, is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

Additional details regarding the fatal pedestrian accident involving “huffing” as well as the broader subject of drug-impaired driving can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

Lake County Drunk Driving And Seat Belt Enforcement Initiative

Drunk driving continues to be a significant traffic safety concern both nationally as well as in the Chicago area, including in Lake County.  On this site, Lake County accidents involving drunk driving (as well as crashes involving drivers impaired by drugs, i.e. “drugged driving”) are summarized in posts under the “DUI” category.

Drunk driving is often more frequent during various times of the year, including holiday periods as well as around major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office released the results of a 3-day (February 2 – February 5) enforcement period over the Super Bowl.  The results are summarized in the February 6, 2018 Grayslake Patch article titled “70 Citations Issued During Super Bowl Enforcement.”  An excerpt:

The Super Bowl weekend ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket’ enforcement effort ran from Friday, Feb. 2, through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 5. The focus of the campaign was to keep impaired drivers off the roads and get more people to buckle up.

As seen in the article, among traffic safety related actions there was one DUI arrest and 39 citations issued for failure to wear seat belts.  (the safety benefits of wearing seat belts is discussed on “The Safety Benefits Of Wearing Seat Belts” page.)

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.