Drunk Driving Accident

Drunk drivers are a danger on Illinois roads. If you or someone you love is injured as a result of a drunk driver's carelessness, Hassakis & Hassakis will help you get the justice you deserve.

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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Southern Illinois


Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Southern Illinois. It is an unsettling reality that drunk driving accidents occur on our roads every day. Though the numbers have declined in recent years, the truth is that drunk driving accidents end thousands of lives and leave thousands more injured every year. In fact, there is one person killed in a drunk driving car accident every 52 minutes in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Any one of us could become a victim. Even the most responsible, meticulous, defensive driver could be struck and injured by a drunk driver.

A drunk driver can dramatically change the course of your life in the blink of an eye. As the victim in a Southern Illinois drunk driving accident, it is essential that you find an auto accident lawyer who not only has the legal expertise to secure full compensation for the damages you and your family have suffered but also has the intuition, emotional intelligence, and compassion to invest in your complete physical, emotional, and financial well-being throughout the course of your case and into the future.

For more than 70 years, Southern Illinois residents have trusted Hassakis & Hassakis to get them the compensation they deserve following all kinds of personal injury accidents. Give us a call today at (618)-244-5335 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation review of your case.

Dangers of Drunk Driving

Everyone is aware of the dangers of drunk driving and the far-reaching impacts it can have. Not only are we all taught these effects at a young age when learning to drive, but we learn about them every day when watching the news and hearing about one drunk driving accident after the next.

Being impaired by an alcoholic substance or drug can have many impacts on a person’s ability to drive, including:

  • Difficulty tracking a moving target, such as another car on the road
  • Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
  • Decline in ability to perform two tasks at once
  • Reduced coordination
  • Difficulty steering properly
  • Concentration issues
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Inability to control vehicle and speed
  • Impaired perception
  • Shortened information processing
  • Shortened response time to emergency situations

Because we are all aware of these effects when someone knowingly gets behind the wheel while impaired, they are guilty of acting with negligence. Drunk drivers need to understand that actions have consequences.

Common Drunk Driving Accident Injuries

  • Whiplash
  • Concussions & Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
  • Scarring & disfigurement
  • Lost limbs
  • Wrongful death

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Southern Illinois

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Being injured as a result of a drunk driver's negligence calls for a lawyer who can not only hold guilty parties to account, but also get you the fair compensation you are entitled to receive. The attorneys of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are accomplished lawyers in all areas of personal injury law and have been trusted by the Southern Illinois community for generations. With your best interests at heart and a track record of successfully helping Illinois families recover from devastating events by obtaining the compensation they deserve, the personal injury lawyers of Hassakis & Hassakis offer the best legal representation available for you and your family after you have been injured in a car accident, workplace accident, dog bite, or any other type of personal injury.

Helping you following an accident

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Southern Illinois


Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Southern Illinois. It is an unsettling reality that drunk driving accidents occur on our roads every day. Though the numbers have declined in recent years, the truth is that drunk driving accidents end thousands of lives and leave thousands more injured every year. In fact, there is one person killed in a drunk driving car accident every 52 minutes in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Any one of us could become a victim. Even the most responsible, meticulous, defensive driver could be struck and injured by a drunk driver.

A drunk driver can dramatically change the course of your life in the blink of an eye. As the victim in a Southern Illinois drunk driving accident, it is essential that you find an auto accident lawyer who not only has the legal expertise to secure full compensation for the damages you and your family have suffered but also has the intuition, emotional intelligence, and compassion to invest in your complete physical, emotional, and financial well-being throughout the course of your case and into the future.

For more than 70 years, Southern Illinois residents have trusted Hassakis & Hassakis to get them the compensation they deserve following all kinds of personal injury accidents. Give us a call today at (618)-244-5335 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation review of your case.

Dangers of Drunk Driving

Everyone is aware of the dangers of drunk driving and the far-reaching impacts it can have. Not only are we all taught these effects at a young age when learning to drive, but we learn about them every day when watching the news and hearing about one drunk driving accident after the next.

Being impaired by an alcoholic substance or drug can have many impacts on a person’s ability to drive, including:

  • Difficulty tracking a moving target, such as another car on the road
  • Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
  • Decline in ability to perform two tasks at once
  • Reduced coordination
  • Difficulty steering properly
  • Concentration issues
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Inability to control vehicle and speed
  • Impaired perception
  • Shortened information processing
  • Shortened response time to emergency situations

Because we are all aware of these effects when someone knowingly gets behind the wheel while impaired, they are guilty of acting with negligence. Drunk drivers need to understand that actions have consequences.

Common Drunk Driving Accident Injuries

  • Whiplash
  • Concussions & Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
  • Scarring & disfigurement
  • Lost limbs
  • Wrongful death

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Southern Illinois

Injury Law Practice Areas


Being injured as a result of a drunk driver's negligence calls for a lawyer who can not only hold guilty parties to account, but also get you the fair compensation you are entitled to receive. The attorneys of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are accomplished lawyers in all areas of personal injury law and have been trusted by the Southern Illinois community for generations. With your best interests at heart and a track record of successfully helping Illinois families recover from devastating events by obtaining the compensation they deserve, the personal injury lawyers of Hassakis & Hassakis offer the best legal representation available for you and your family after you have been injured in a car accident, workplace accident, dog bite, or any other type of personal injury.

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Drunk Driving Accidents: Know The Facts


Alcohol-related statistics depict a sobering reality: we drive beside these negligent people every day of our lives, whether we know it or not. On average, two out of three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. This is not meant to frighten you, but to show you that life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

Furthermore, the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion from things like property damage and hospital bills for injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic.

Drunk Driving Laws in Illinois

The state of Illinois, like most states, has greatly increased their penalties for driving drunk in recent years.

  • First-time DWI offenders will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which carries with it a minimum one-year revocation of both their driver's license and vehicle registration. If their blood-alcohol content was above .16, they will also have a mandatory minimum fine of $500 and at least 100 hours' community service. First-time offenders can install and maintain, at their own expense, an ignition interlock device to avoid a driver's license suspension.
  • Those convicted of a second DWI offense will also be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, but face at least five days in jail or 240 hours of community service. Their driving privileges will be revoked for five years, although they can apply for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) and install an ignition interlock for five years on all vehicles registered in their name.
  • Beginning with a third DWI offense, Illinois drivers will face felony charges and suspension of their driver's license for at least 10 years, with lifetime revocations beginning at a 4th offense.
  • Illinois also increases DWI punishments if someone is transporting a child under the age of 16, or is in an accident. Felony DUI charges, also known as "aggravated DUI", are also applied to DUI accidents that result in "great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement". For these convictions, a driver's license is revoked for at least two years.

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Trusted Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Southern Illinois

Drunk driving accidents involve an added layer of complexity. For example, in addition to the civil action you file against the negligent party, the state is also very likely to press charges, which means that two separate legal proceedings may be occurring at the same time.

You need a lawyer you can trust that understands the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings and how we can use it to our advantage. In many situations, your case is strengthened if the negligent party is convicted or pleads guilty to driving under the influence—but a drunk driving conviction does not immediately make them liable for your injuries. Fault still needs to be proven, which is why you need Hassakis & Hassakis on your side to craft a compelling case and secure a settlement that you find fair.

Throughout the legal process, our firm provides you with timely updates, honest insight, and detailed advice so that you can make the best, most informed decisions. As you take the time to reach your full recovery, we obtain evidence such as the driver's blood-alcohol content, police reports, road debris, photographs of the scene, witness testimony, and more. We will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice, because you matter to us.

Contact A Proven Southern Illinois Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer | Hassakis & Hassakis

Becoming the victim of a drunk driving accident has the power to disrupt life as you know it. Since 1950, Hassakis & Hassakis has helped Southern Illinois residents reclaim their lives and held reckless parties, like drunk drivers, responsible for the harm that they have caused you. With a practice built upon fierce advocacy and client-centered communication, our clients take comfort in knowing that our firm has helped thousands of people just like you get the justice that they deserve following an accident. Discover how we can help you recover by contacting us today at 618-244-5335 or online. Our drunk driving attorneys are ready to help.

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