Our Chicago car accident attorneys recently read a report detailing the death of two teenagers last month after what authorities say was a street racing accident. Chicagotribune.com states that the accident occurred at 2am in the 14000 block of David Road in an unincorporated area near Woodstock, Illinois. Police say two 16-year old girls were driving in a street race and lost control of their vehicle, causing it to travel off the roadway, roll over, and strike a tree and a concrete post. Despite the teens wearing seatbelts and the car’s airbags deploying, both were pronounced dead at the scene.
After further investigation, police have determined that another driver, a 20-year old man of Woodstock, had met with the teens shortly before the accident to arrange the street race. The report states that although the man’s vehicle did not collide with the teens’ vehicle before it crashed, the man left the scene without attempting to help the girls, calling 911, or reporting the accident in any way. The McHenry County Sheriff’s department released that the man was arrested this week and charged with failure to report a fatal traffic accident and aggravated street racing.
As Illinois car accident lawyers, we understand the dangers and hazards that are created by street racing and want to urge drivers to refrain from this activity. For many, street racing seems like a thrill, ranging from spontaneous racing with another vehicle to largely organized events. However, accidents caused by street racing generally happen in a matter of seconds, making it difficult to comprehend the situation until it is too late. As the speed of a vehicle increases, so does the risk of an accident, as well as the risk of an injury or a fatality occurring. Not only are you putting yourself in danger by street racing, but other motorists and pedestrians on the roadway can be greatly affected as well. In recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that street racing has become a factor in approximately 130 fatal crashes each year. In 2011, over 300 street racing accidents took place, with many citations, injuries, and fatalities as a result.
Though accidents continue to happen on Illinois roadways due to negligent motorists, simply refraining from street racing can decrease the number of these accidents and ultimately prevent serious injury to those involved. If you or a loved one has suffered from personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of a street racing accident due to a negligent motorist, please contact of team of Chicago car accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti to learn about what rights and compensation may be available to you.