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What should I do if a drunk driver caused my motorcycle crash?

Drunken driver approaching motorcyclesYou weren’t the one who was drinking and driving, but you are the one who is paying the price for someone else’s decision to drink and drive.

Whether you smelled alcohol on the other driver’s breath, you saw an open bottle in the driver’s car, or you had other reason to believe that the driver was drunk at the time of your crash, you are confident that an intoxicated driver is the one who hurt you.

Now You Have to Prove It

Time is of the essence. Important evidence may be lost if you wait too long to report your suspicion that the other driver was under the influence at the time of your crash. Accordingly, it is important to tell:

  • The police at the scene of the accident. If you are physically able to talk immediately after the crash, then you should inform the police of your suspicion so that the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) can be measured.
  • Your motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Additional evidence may be obtained. This could include witnesses to the accident or proof of what the driver was doing immediately prior to the accident.

It is against the law to drive while intoxicated in Illinois. Specifically, it is against the law for:

  • Drivers who are age 21 or older to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater.
  • Drivers who under the age of 21 to drive while under the influence of any alcohol.
  • Commercial drivers who are over the age of 21 to drive with a BAC of 0.04% or more.

However, you may be able to prove that a driver with a lower BAC was negligent and caused your motorcycle accident injuries.

Don’t Delay Getting the Help You Deserve

To find out more about how to protect your rights and convince the insurance company or court of your fair recovery, please download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, and call us today at 1-800-800-5678 to discuss your legal options.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham