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Alcohol at play in Peoria crash

Illinois drivers know that night driving often requires more concentration, due to the limited visibility, as well as potential distraction from bright lights, congestion caused by people traveling to social obligations, and even driver fatigue. However, that standard of care is rendered useless when late night revelers make the decision to drink and drive.

Local police recently arrested a Peoria man for an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident that injured and temporarily trapped another Illinois driver. He has been charged with driving under the influence, as well as two other alleged traffic offenses.

The auto accident occurred shortly before midnight at an intersection in Peoria, Illinois. According to reports, the alleged DUI offender was headed northbound on North Knoxville Avenue when he ran a red light at the intersection of War Memorial Drive. He was not able to escape the intersection without incident, unfortunately.

At the intersection, the alleged DUI offender collided with a vehicle traveling westbound on War Memorial Drive. The impact temporarily trapped the other driver, a 26-year-old Illinois man, inside his vehicle until authorities arrived to extricate him from the wreck. The victim was taken to a local hospital, and is reported to be in stable condition.

The impact also caused the DUI offender's vehicle to jump the median and collide into a vehicle traveling southbound on North Knoxville Avenue. The condition of the second driver's has not been disclosed.

Both victims in this story may be able to recover compensation for their pain and suffering, medical costs, injuries and property damage by bringing persona injury lawsuits against the alleged DUI offender. In the hands of an experienced attorney, evidence like blood alcohol content tests and eyewitness testimony can prove that a drunk driver violated the standard of care expected of all safe drivers, resulting in negligent driving that caused an accident.

Source: pjstar.com, "Peoria man charged with drunken driving in crash," March 4, 2013

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