For an Aurora mother, Tuesday began and ended like any other day. As she put her children to bed, the 2700 block of Hamman Way was quite. However, just before 2a.m. that all changed.
At 1:45a.m. the family awoke to what sounded like an explosion. Aurora Police Officers arrived minutes later, only to find that a Chevrolet Malibu had ripped through the garage of the home, with one of its passengers lying on the pavement near the rubble.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, the Aurora car accident happened after four teenage boys were speeding through the neighborhood and lost control of their vehicle. Attempting to regain control the car skidded, jumping the curb and slamming into the brick wall. The driver, as well as two of the passengers received only minor injuries. However, the passenger who had been thrown from the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thankfully, neither the mother, nor her children were injured as a result of Tuesday’s crash, but this accident represents a tragic microcosm of a much larger and dangerous problem.
Reckless driving causes nearly 33% of the 6 million car accidents in America every year. More specifically, speeding related accidents accounted for 11,674 deaths and more that $40 billion in post crash costs. (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration)
The events of Tuesday night show first hand that the combination of excessive speed and reckless maneuvering is not only extremely dangerous to the driver, but also puts every person around them in serious danger. Passengers, other motorists, and even pedestrians pay the price every time a driver’s carelessness results in an accident.
As an object doubles its velocity, its kinetic energy quadruples, and when velocity triples, the kinetic energy is increased nine fold. This law of physics means that every time a driver speeds, they are significantly increasing how violent an accidents impact will be. It is for this reason that injuries resulting from reckless driving and speeding are often extremely severe.
This Aurora family’s experience illustrates what our lawyers at Levin & Perconti have learned through years of experience. Sometimes even when you do everything right, you can’t avoid being affected by the dangerous actions of others.
For years, our auto accident attorneys have fought to secure the compensation that seriously injured clients need to regain a normal life, and we remain committed to holding negligent and reckless individuals accountable for their actions. We have recovered millions in settlements, including a record $10 million accident settlement against a negligent City of Chicago driver. If our experience can go to work to help you or your loved ones, please give us a call for a free consultation to discuss your potential case.