Earlier today, a Chicago accident lawyer at our office read a news report recounting a devastating aggressive driving accident that resulted in one fatality. According to the news report, posted on Tennessean.com, two men – ages 45 and 32 – have been charged with vehicular homicide, as well as, two counts of aggravated assault stemming from the March 23 death of one of the man’s wife and the injury or two others in a horrific motor vehicle accident.
The accident in question transpired around 5 p.m. on March 23, 2012, along an interstate highway where both of the party’s pick-up trucks were traveling. Our Chicago car accident attorney learned that witnesses as the scene revealed that one of the pickup trucks was traveling in front of another when the vehicle traveling ahead abruptly slammed on his breaks – in an apparent attempt to cause a rear-end collision. The second driver avoided collision and attempted to pass the other truck.
However, each pass attempt made by the second truck was blocked by the other truck. Ultimately, the two pick-up trucks collided – sending both motor vehicles into oncoming traffic. Both vehicles were subsequently crashed into by two oncoming passenger vehicles. As a result of the accident, all drivers involved in the crash were seriously injured and the wife of one of the pick-up truck drivers succumbed to her fatal injuries.
Our Chicago accident lawyer learned that local authorities revealed that alcohol or drug use did not play a factor in the fatal collision and that the two pick-up truck drivers did not appear to have known each other prior to the accident. Additionally, local authorities stated that in this situation – based on witnesses’ statements and the crash investigation – it appears that both of the drivers involved were “involved in some sort of aggressive driving.”
The news article reports that although it is very rare to have multiple defendants in a single vehicular homicide case, the reasoning behind charging both drivers is sound. Any Chicago accident lawyer will tell you that although the driver of one of the pick-up trucks did not intend to kill his own spouse – the behavior he exhibited contributed to her premature fatality and in the eyes of the law he shares responsibility.
Motor vehicle accidents caused by aggressive driving should never be tolerated. If you have been a victim of a motor vehicle accident due to an aggressive driver – you may be able to obtain compensation for injuries sustained. Please contact a Chicago car accident attorney at Levin & Perconti to see what legal rights may be available to you.