Brent Eames Settles Lawsuit Against Bar After Drunk Driver Injury

December 14, 2020


Brent Eames

Chicago personal injury attorney Brent Eames has settled a Cook County lawsuit against a Logan Square bar for selling alcohol to a drunk driver who struck our client with his automobile, causing serious injuries. 

Our client was standing on a sidewalk with a group of his friends in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago when the Defendant drove his car off the road and ran over the group of pedestrians at a high rate of speed, including our client.  The Defendant was charged with felony counts of DUI and reckless driving as a result of this incident, as was reported by NBC Chicago, the Chicago Sun Times, and Fox 32 Chicago. After a drunk driver drove his car up onto the sidewalk and struck our client, resulting in serious personal injuries, Brent Eames settled a lawsuit which he filed against the bar which allegedly sold the drunk driver the booze which lead to his intoxication. 

Once our investigation revealed the drunk driver had spent time in the Defendant bar during the night of the car crash, Chicago car accident attorney Brent Eames filed a lawsuit against the bar seeking a recovery under the Illinois Dram Shop Act. The Dram Shop Act provides that any person injured by an intoxicated person has a right to sue any holder of an Illinois liquor license which caused the intoxication of such person.  This could potentially include any bar, concert venue, sports stadium, or social club.  These recoveries are capped, and the law establishes that the maximum recovery is set every year by the Illinois Comptroller in accordance with the consumer price index-u (CPI-U) during the preceding 12-month calendar year. In 2020, the cap for a case under the Dram Shop Act is $71,696.18 for each person incurring damages.

A Dram Shop settlement can be a great avenue for recovery if you have been injured by a drunk driver as a result of a car accident, or a battery.  If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you should contact our experienced Chicago car accident attorney, Brent Eames, to discuss your options as soon as possible.  It is important to contact a skilled Chicago personal injury attorney as soon as possible, because cases under the Dram Shop Act carry a one-year statute of limitations, and if a lawsuit is not filed within one year, the cause of action accrued shall be barred.

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