Category Archives: DUI

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.

Avon Township Crash In Which Driver Charged With DUI

There was a SUV crash in which DUI was charged in the early morning hours of December 11, 2017 in Avon Township.  The crash led to the driver suffering critical injuries.  According to preliminary accident investigation findings, the wreck involved a loss of vehicle control.

According to information provided by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, in the December 11, 2017 press release titled “Serious Avon Township Traffic Crash” the Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash at approximately 3:20 a.m.  The accident scene was on Rollins Road west of Route 45.

An excerpt regarding the crash from the media release:

Preliminary investigation shows the Jeep, driven by Raquel Vazquez-Cordada, 32, of the 600 block of Clarke Avenue, Waukegan, was traveling eastbound on Rollins Road, at a high rate of speed.  He lost control and drove onto the south shoulder of the roadway.  The Jeep struck a utility pole, which severed the pole and caused major damage to the Jeep.

Vazquez-Cordada was taken in critical to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of his accident injuries.

As seen in the media release, Vazquez-Cordada was subsequently charged for various infractions including Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI).

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Lake County crash in which DUI has been charged can be seen in the media release mentioned above as well as the December 11 Daily Herald article titled “1 person critically injured in crash on Route 45.”

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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.

Drunk Driver Accident In Libertyville Involving Spin Out And Crash

“Drunk driver” accidents continue to present a significant traffic-safety hazard, despite many efforts to reduce or eliminate such accidents.  On this site, Lake County drunk driver accidents are discussed in posts found under the “DUI” category.

Additionally, there has been an increasing number of Chicago-area accidents involving drivers who are impaired on drugs while driving, or are under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  These “drugged driver” accidents are discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  As discussed on that page, mixing alcohol and drugs and then driving can have an even more pronounced effect on driver impairment.

There was an accident in Libertyville on November 11, 2017 after which the driver was charged with DUI and other charges.  The accident is discussed in the November 30, 2017 Libertyville Patch article titled “Drunk Driver Crashes Into Poles, Fire Hydrant:  Cops.”  As seen in the article, the car “spun out” and then collided with various fixed objects.

Additional details regarding drunk driver accidents as well as the Libertyville DUI crash 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.

Fatal Three-Vehicle Crash In Waukegan

There was a fatal car accident Thursday night (June 8, 2017) in Waukegan.  A driver has been charged with DUI in connection with the accident.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the June 10, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man charged with DUI for fatal Waukegan crash“:

A man has been charged with DUI for a crash that killed his passenger and injured two other people Thursday night in north suburban Waukegan.

Shortly before 9 p.m., 27-year-old Max Barraza was driving a pickup west on Washington Street near Green Bay Road at a high speed when the truck rear-ended another westbound vehicle, according to a statement from Waukegan police. That second vehicle then spun into the eastbound lanes and hit a third vehicle.

A passenger in the pickup truck, identified as Adrian Biedzinski, 35, of Round Lake Beach, was trapped in the truck after the accident.  He died at the accident scene.

The two occupants who were in the vehicle that was rear-ended were taken to the hospital for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be “minor” in nature.  No one else was injured in the crash.

An excerpt from the June 10 Daily Herald article titled “Spring Grove man charged with DUI in fatal Waukegan crash“:

Police investigators believe speed and alcohol played a factor in the crash. Toxicology results are pending, according to the police statement.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Lake County accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two articles 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.