Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Intoxicated driving needlessly claims thousands of lives every year and is an utmost marker of driver negligence. While many states have passed stringent measures to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road, accidents caused by inebriated drivers still occur frequently. Most states—including Illinois—have an “implied consent” law in place, which means that refusal of a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test if prompted by an officer automatically subjects you to a fine and license suspension. Despite this measure, meant to discourage the public from drinking and driving, the number of drivers that are buzzed or intoxicated on the road is still substantial.

Unfortunately, victims of drunken driving often suffer very serious injuries and—in the worst cases—are killed. Drunk driving is a major catalyst for debilitating injuries and has the capacity to result in long-term emotional and physical damages for innocent victims and their families, who must now pay the price of another person’s negligence. At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, our impassioned Chicago drunk driving accident attorneys believe that there is no reasonable excuse to drive intoxicated and are dedicated to holding reckless drivers responsible for their actions to the highest extent of the law. While the damage done by a drunken driver may seem irreparable, we aim to provide as much compensation and justice to victims and their loved ones as possible.

Why You Need A Lawyer

If you were hurt or someone you love was injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, you are likely eligible for compensation. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, there is an unspoken agreement between them and every other driver on the road that they will all do their best to keep each other safe. When someone knowingly drinks and makes the decision to drive, they are breaking this agreement and are responsible for any damages caused by their actions. They need to take responsibility for their mistakes, and one way to make sure this happens is through litigation.

You deserve to be compensated for your ordeal and your injuries, but you shouldn’t have to fight for this compensation alone. Hiring a drunk driving accident lawyer will allow you to focus on your recovery rather than spending all your time thinking about litigation and legal fees. Additionally, having a lawyer represent you and help gather useful evidence to build your case will increase your chances of receiving the maximum compensation possible. Let us take on the responsibility of dealing with everything from insurance companies to the arguments we will make in court. We’ll take some of the burden off your shoulders, handling your case with care and attention to detail, so that you can concentrate on the healing process instead of your legal battle.

Why Choose Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC?

If you live in the Chicago area, there are hundreds of personal injury attorneys from which to choose. How do you know which one is right for you? You should evaluate your options based on their experience, track record, honors received, and dedication to their clients. The lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC have been working since 1970 to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients in Chicago and the surrounding areas.

Partner Richard Fleisher has been practicing law since he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1962 and is renowned for his successes, while partner Charles V. Falkenberg III was ranked by The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the Top 10 in Client Satisfaction in 2016. Most of our lawyers have been practicing law for at least a decade, some for as many as four decades. As a firm, we have achieved several multimillion-dollar outcomes, and we will help you fight for every dollar you deserve to compensate for your pain and suffering, medical bills, legal fees, rehabilitation, physical therapy, lost wages, and anything else a drunk driver took away from you. We know how much you have riding on your case, and we will work night and day to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We are dedicated to helping the citizens of the Chicago area right the wrongs that caused them harm, and we have the client satisfaction testimonials to prove it. For the attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, showing compassion to clients as they deal with the tragedy of injury or loss is just as important as getting them the compensation they deserve. Read what our past clients have to say about the care with which we handled their sensitive cases, as well as the successes we brought them in the courtroom.

Penalties for Drunk Driving

The criminal consequences for drunken driving depend on factors such as the offender’s past history, the presence of minors in the vehicle, BAC level, and the amount of injury incurred. If an intoxicated driver ends up causing serious bodily injury to another, they can face additional felony charges for vehicular manslaughter. Penalties for drunken driving include:

  • First offense: up to one year in jail; a maximum $2,500 fine; a minimum of one year license suspension; a required ignition interlock device
  • Second offense: up to one year in jail; a maximum $2,500 fine; a minimum of five years license suspension; a required ignition interlock device
  • Third offense: up to 3 – 7 years in jail; a maximum $2,500 fine; a minimum of ten years license suspension; a required ignition interlock device

In Illinois, the period in which past DUI offenses are relevant stretch back from the time you become licensed to drive in the state; in other words, all prior DUIs are applicable in determining penalties for intoxicated driving.

On top of these criminal penalties, drunk drivers who hurt people can be subjected to civil lawsuits. In a civil suit, the drunk driver can be held accountable for the injuries caused by their reckless actions. As the victim of a drunk driver, it should not fall on you to pay the medical bills you were forced to accumulate throughout the course of your recovery from the accident.

Contact a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in Chicago

Being involved in a drunk driving accident can be a traumatic and infuriating experience, especially since the accident could have been prevented. If you or a loved one was the victim of an intoxicated driver’s carelessness, the dedicated drunk driving accident lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you achieve justice by holding negligent parties responsible. While we regret that you must endure this experience, there are laws that exist to allow you to obtain restitution. Don’t hesitate to contact our Chicago offices at (312) 346-8620 for support in your case.

084_DWP6380To Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC Please accept my sincere appreciation for the services your agency provided to me and my family on the Jessie Palmer wrongful death cases. There were so many issues that needed to be resolved, and with your assistance we were able to finally get the diagnosis report printed. My stepdaughters asked me to thank you as well for the settlements they received from their father’s estate. We humbly appreciate the wonderful job your firm did with our case. In the future we will refer family and friends to your agency.

- L.P.

Thank you so much for your diligent, professional, and thorough handling of my car accident settlement. You were beyond helpful, accommodating, and supportive during the process. You patiently explained, in detail, the procedures that would take place during the course of the claim. You continually updated me as progress was made and gave me in-depth details. Being that I was a novice to this type of practice, you advised me as to what was realistic, yet fair, as far as when, how, and monetarily the claim would be settled. When an offer was made, you advised me accordingly, and counter-offered for what you believed to be a reasonable and objective settlement. Beyond that, you also worked determinedly to reduce my medical claims and had great success. An attorney friend of mine went as far to say that you “hit a home run” when you negotiated my settlement. I want you to know how much your guidance and attentiveness to my claim meant to me. I will definitely recommend you and your firm should any of my acquaintances need legal advice in the future.

- J.W.

Jonathan Fleisher was more than just my lawyer. He was my advocate and was very thorough with my case. Communication was well furnished which made for an easy process. Mr. Fleisher fought for my rights and did so justly with much empathy and compassion. I am more than elated with the outcome and how my case was handled by Mr. Fleisher. I would highly recommend him to friends , family or anyone who wants someone who will work diligently on their case. I appreciate and am very thankful for Mr. Jonathan Fleisher

- K.T.

Over the past couple of years I have had the privilege of Mr.Jonathan Fleisher representing me for a personal injury case that has greatly impacted my life. Mr. Fleisher fought hard and diligently on my behalf and always kept my best interests in mind. It has been truly refreshing as well as a blessing to have someone this skillful and professional buckling down and making sure every detail is captured to support my case. He has delivered exceptional service and I would recommend him to anyone that needs a personal injury attorney.

- G.B.

Dear J.B. ,
I wanted to thank you, for the job you did on my case. You were not only an excellent lawyer, you were a friend along the way as well. You always promptly called me, addressing my questions and concerns. As far as my settlement goes, I couldn’t have expected more then you got for me. Many lawyers “brag” , about the amount of settlements they get for their clients, on their T.V. commercials . You, got me more then these lawyers “brag” about. Thank you for getting me such a strong settlement, and being a friend as well, along the way. I’d be more then happy to talk to anyone who would like to know , what a fine attorney you are. Thank you for being there for me. Sincerely,

- J.F.

It was not only comforting to have skilled, knowledgeable and experienced attorneys and staff during one of the most difficult times of my life, but to be supported by people who had my best interest at heart and genuinely cared about me and my personal feelings made all the difference in the world. I walked in as a client and was cared for by a family, and for that I’ll be forever grateful! H. B.

- H.B.

Jonathan was amazing. He communicated very well, he was always looking out for my best interest. He was easy to talk to and very thorough with my case and I was elated and blessed to have a lawyer such as Jonathan by my side. I would highly recommend him! Even after the case was settled he still contacted me to follow up and check it with me. He is someone who really cares about his clients and treated me as a person not just a case #. Thank you for everything Jonathan!

- Keena

I was involved in a car accident and was referred to this office. Nick Drury was the attorney who handled my case and he was nothing short of phenomenal. Personable, professional, took the time and answered my questions, accessible, very responsive via email. He also advised as to what would be in my best interest and negotiated very well on my behalf. What was an additional plus is he resolved my case promptly. Thank you Nick- I highly recommend him for anyone who is need of a personal injury attorney!

- Oralia Castaneda