Yesterday, the Morton Times reported on a young woman who is behind a new push to change Illinois uninsured driver laws. She was involved in a car accident in which her car hit another car that was parked in the middle of a road with its lights off. The driver of the other car did not have car insurance, and had been in a similar type of accident before. The young woman survived an extremely serious injury that only .5% of people with this condition survive. The only thing that the driver who caused the accident received was $575 in fines, and most of the cost from that fine was for being uninsured. The young woman will have to live with the serious condition and will face medical expenses for a lifetime.
After the horrible accident, the family of the young woman wanted to increase the penalties and consequences for drivers that are uninsured. The Illinois House of Representatives and the Senate both passed the family’s proposal to increase the penalties for drivers without insurance. The bill states that, “an offender who previously has two driving while uninsured convictions and is convicted a third time while causing bodily harm to another individual must be fined the maximum penalty of $2,500 plus any jail sentence.” If the repeat offender does not cause bodily harm, but is still convicted for a third time, they will receive a $1,000 fine.
Driving without insurance is a serious offense, and repeat offenders should not be taken lightly. This driver was negligent and careless on the road, and could have very easily killed this young woman. The family of the young woman wanted to create a higher incentive for people to get car insurance and drive responsibly. When a person is injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, they may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for damages such as lost wages, medical bills, and their pain and suffering. However, if the negligent driver is uninsured or carrying inadequate coverage, victims cannot be fairly compensated for their injuries or loss.
It is important for drivers on the road to not only have insurance, but to operate their vehicles with care. As we have discussed before, practicing safe driving techniques not only helps drivers protect themselves, but also others on the road. Our Illinois car accident attorneys support the changes to the Illinois uninsured driver law, and hope it will motivate all drivers throughout the state to purchase sufficient car insurance.