Kmov.com recently released a report detailing the death of a teenager on Sunday morning after what authorities say was a street racing accident. Our Illinois car accident lawyers learned that the 15-year old was traveling east on Illinois Route 16 approaching St. Mary’s Road in rural Jersey County, Illinois at excessive speeds when his truck reportedly drove off the road, struck a large drainage pipe and rolled over multiple times. It then struck a utility pole and finally came to a stop on its roof.
Authorities state the driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The truck’s passenger, a 52-year old male, remained uninjured. The report states the driver and passenger were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.
In recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 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.
As 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 individually or 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.
We also understand the devastating effects these reckless behaviors can have on individuals and families. When someone is seriously injured in a car or trucking accident, their lives change forever. Not only do they face months or even years of rehabilitation or recovery, they also face mounting medical bills. Additionally, a serious injury may temporarily or even permanently prevent the victim from returning to work. Accident lawsuits help victims recover compensation to help offset these costs in an attempt to put the victim back in the position he or she was in before the accident or injuries. Although legal action can never help victims rewrite the past, lawsuits can help victims find relief by holding wrongdoers accountable for their negligent actions.
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 an accident due to a negligent motorist, please contact our law firm to learn about what rights and compensation may be available to you.