Recently, in March 2016, a 20-year old and a 16-year old driver were street racing against one another on Eola at a high rate of speed. The 20-year old, driving a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix allegedly caused a 2011 Dodge Charger, driven by the 16-year old, to crash into a 2004 Toyota Highlander as it was making a left turn.
Inside the Highlander were a 49-year old man and his 15-year old daughter. The 49-year old man died from this accident and his 15-year old daughter was seriously injured. The driver of the Grand Prix was charged with nine counts of reckless homicide, two counts of aggravated street racing, aggravated speeding and reckless driving. The driver of the Charger was charged with one count of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated street racing.
If you were involved in an accident at the fault of another driver it is imperative that you seek legal representation. Doing so will increase your chances of receiving adequate compensation for your injuries or damages incurred.
Street Racing in Illinois
Per 625 ILCS 5/11-506, it is unlawful for a person to street race on any highway or street in Illinois. It is also unlawful for a person to allow his or her vehicle to be raced by another person.
Illinois defines street racing as when two or more vehicles, start off side by side, and accelerate at competitive speeds in effort to outdistance the other driver or drivers. Illinois also defines street racing as when one or more vehicles travel a similar route and compare the relative speed or power of acceleration of each competing vehicle.
What you may not know is that, in Illinois, it is also considered “street racing” when a person prevents another driver from passing. For instance, when a vehicle that is traveling behind you, attempts to pass you, but you speed up to prevent the vehicle from passing.
The foregoing Illinois statute lists specific penalties for street racing. For instance, if a person receives his or first street racing charge, they could face up to one year in jail and face a fine of up to $2,500. If a person is charged for a second or third time for street racing, he or she could face up to three years in jail and pay a fine of up to $25,000. Of course, if a bystander or pedestrian is killed due to street racing, the penalties are more severe.
Negligence and Compensation
Please note that if you are injured in a car accident at the fault of another driver, such as a “street racer”, you may be entitled to compensation. Said compensation includes, but is not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
However, you will first be required to show that the at-fault driver was at least negligent in causing the accident. You will have to either prove this to the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier or the court, if you decide to file a lawsuit.
In establishing your case, it is important that you hire an experienced car accident attorney. Such an attorney will help you prove negligence and will make sure that your case is timely filed pursuant to Illinois’ statute of limitations.
Hire an Attorney for your Case
Again, if you are injured from a car accident at the fault of another driver, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. The Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have the experience needed to aggressively take on your case. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.