Drunk Driving Accidents

Charleston, IL Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

Put Over a Century of Knowledge & Experience on Your Side

The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm represents victims of drunk driving accidents across Central and Southern Illinois. With accidents involving drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, it will come down to proving that they caused the accident. Evidence of intoxication or impaired abilities is not enough for a civil court claim. You will need to prove that they caused the collision, and this is where our experience, resources, and know-how can make all the difference.

Our team has over 100 years of collective knowledge and experience. We work with accident reconstruction specialists, private investigators, and expert witnesses to build clear, compelling cases on behalf of our injured clients. Proving fault in a drunk driving accident claim is not easy, but we are up to the challenge. Our millions of dollars in recoveries is evidence of our ability.

Contact our Charleston, IL drunk driving accident attorneys at (217) 394-5885 to find out how we can help you. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and options.

How Drugs & Alcohol Impair Driving

Drugs and alcohol can significantly impair one’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Even prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can affect reaction time, attention, and other faculties that are needed to drive safely. Depending on the amount of alcohol and/or drugs in a driver’s system, he or she may experience various effects.

The effects of drugs or alcohol may include:

  • Delayed reaction time
  • Impaired vision
  • Impaired judgment
  • Reckless behavior
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired motor skills

If you were involved in a collision with a driver who you believe may have been drunk or impaired at the time of the accident, our Charleston, IL drunk driving accident lawyers are standing by to help. We can assist you in dealing with your insurance company and the drunk driver’s insurance provider. We can handle communication with law enforcement and other interested parties. We can begin building a case on your behalf to help you pursue fair compensation.

Recovering Financial Compensation After a Drunk Driving Accident

A successful drunk driving accident claim may include compensation for any and all losses or injuries you experienced as a result of the collision. The insurance provider of the at-fault party should typically cover the settlement or award, but they will work to delay payment, undervalue your claim, or even deny you outright. The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm fights to protect our clients’ interests against these unethical and sometimes illegal practices.

With the help of a skilled attorney, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including ongoing treatment, therapy, or care
  • Emotional trauma, such as pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Lost earnings, including loss of future/potential earnings
  • Punitive damages, in some rare cases

Interested in learning more? Call (217) 394-5885 or contact The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm online for a complimentary case evaluation. We serve all of Central and Southern Illinois and St. Louis, MO.


  • Unwavering Dedication
    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.
  • A Record of Proven Results
    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.
  • Respected in Our Community
    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.
  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients
    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.
  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Get The Help You Need

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


Millions Recovered For Our Clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of four involved in a single car wreck in a highway construction zone.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Car Crash Resulting in Injuries $650,000 Settlement
  • Car Crash Resulting in Serious Injuries $300,000 Settlement
  • Car Crash Resulting in Serious Injuries $222,500 Settlement
  • Drunk Driver Hits Illinois Man On Cam-Am Spyder $200,000 Settlement
  • Car Crash as a Result of Wrong Way Driver $100,000 Settlement
  • Head-On Accident Settlement
  • Passenger In Car Accident Settlement
  • Uninsured Motorist Claim Settlement

Hear From Our Clients

The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.


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