A Chicago area driver was charged with DUI following a five vehicle car accident last Sunday night. The man, 46 year old Robert Blake of the 7000 block of Woodward Ave in Downers Grove, IL, was allegedly attempting to park his car on the shoulder of I-55 when the accident happened. According to reports, Blake was southbound on the busy Chicago toll-way when he attempted to pull his car over to park on the shoulder of the roadway. However, the left rear end of Blake’s vehicle was blocking a portion of the left lane. Blake was subsequently rear-ended by another car at which point his car spun into the expressway. His vehicle was then struck by a truck, semi-truck and an SUV. In total, five vehicles were involved in the high speed car collision.
Blake and three others were taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital following the accident. All of the Chicago car accident victims were released on Sunday night. The portions of the Chicago expressway that were affected by the accident were briefly shut down while the accident was being investigated. Blake was charged with felony DUI and driving on a revoked license following the accident according to Illinois State Police.
Alcohol is often a contributing factor in serious Illinois car accidents. Victims of DUI car crashes may have legal remedies available that would otherwise be unattainable. If you have been involved in an alcohol related car accident, you should contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer to help investigate and protect your rights. To speak with an experienced Illinois car accident lawyer, please click here.