Bloomington, IL- A University Illinois man died Thursday from a brain injury he sustained in two-vehicle accident that injured three others.
The accident occurred Friday, March 29th at approximately 1:50 a.m. near Main and Empire Streets. Authorities say Jamie Webb, 37, was traveling on Empire at speeds between 45 and 60 mph when she ran a red light an struck another car.
All four occupants of the struck car were injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. One of the occupants, Michael Collins, suffered a traumatic brain injury and required immediate brain surgery. He was in critical condition until Thursday when he died.
Webb and her passenger Orlando Jones were leaving a local bar when the accident occurred and neither of them was injured.
Police suspected Webb was intoxicated, and their report noted she was making statements like such as, “Did I drive? I don’t think I drove. They said I drove. I didn’t drive, did I?” the Bloomington Pantagraph reported.
Webb’s blood alcohol content was .156 after the accident and she was initially charged with a felony drunk driving charge. It is unclear if she will face additional charges now that one of the accident victims has died.
Police have not released any other details of the accident.
Drunken driving accidents are tragic not only because of the loss of life, but also because they are preventable. Alcohol-related accidents account for a third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. and result in thousands of injuries. Every forty-eight minutes a person is killed in an alcohol-related accident. And too often the drunken driver is able to walk away with their lives while their victims suffer catastrophic injuries or death.
Victims of drunken drivers have legal rights and can seek compensation from the negligent and careless driver. Injury victims are typically able to obtain a settlement to cover their past and future medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering and other accident-related expenses.
Some drunken driving accident victims can also seek punitive damages from the driver. Punitive damages are a way to punish a driver for their negligent actions, and are awarded in addition to compensatory damages.
If a person dies as a result of a drunken driving accident, their surviving family members can file a wrongful death suit and sue that driver for their loss of companionship and lost income if the deceased was a primary provider.
Any individual who has been injured by an intoxicated driver needs a Bloomington accident attorney on their side. With the assistance of a skilled and knowledgeable accident attorney, injury victims and surviving family members will have a fierce advocate who will diligently fight to assure they get the maximum amount of compensation they deserve. When an accident victim has a Bloomington attorney fighting for their rights they can relax knowing that someone understands the value of their injuries, and won’t rest until they get every penny they have coming.