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The Dangers of Street Racing: Bridgeview Truck Crash Kills Four, Gurnee Crash Kills Minor

Every week our lawyers report on the dangers of negligent driving and the numerous truck and motor vehicle accidents that take place in Chicago and throughout Illinois. What is most unfortunate is that a majority of these accidents would never have occurred if drivers took the caution and safety measures needed when getting behind the wheel. With vigilance and avoiding reckless behavior, personal injuries would be avoided and lives would be spared.

Unfortunately, an avoidable accident occurred in Bridgeview, which took the lives of four people, according to reports by the Palos Patch and NBC Chicago. The two-vehicle accident disrupted Independence Day celebrations on Friday afternoon when a passenger vehicle and a truck crashed head on in the 8200 block of Harlem Avenue. The four victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and one other person suffered personal injuries. According to a witness, the passenger vehicle was traveling at a speed of approximately 100 miles per hour and was weaving in and out of traffic, and then lost control and hit the truck head on. Some witnesses thought that it appeared that the car was racing. The damage to the vehicles was so severe that both were beyond recognition to the investigators.

Street racing was the cause of another accident in Gurnee, according to the Daily Herald. A 16-year-old girl from Antioch died when the driver of the car in which she was riding was racing and lost control, causing the car to crash into another vehicle on Route 120 in Gurnee. The young woman was in the back seat and was thrown through the window when the car flipped. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and three other teens were also injured.

Drivers and passengers already face enough dangers on the roads related to weather, traffic congestion, etc. and common negligence and distracted driving like phone conversations, playing with radios, and driver fatigue. On top of these numerous already present dangers, reckless behavior like excessive speeding and weaving in and out of busy highway traffic in order to race is unacceptable. Not only is this a gross breach of our legal duty to not be the cause of injury or death to others when getting behind the wheel of a car, but it is a complete disrespect and disregard for the lives, safety, and well-being of other people. Racing cars is meant to be an organized sport reserved for trained professionals on tracks and courses, not for the highways and roads that we share with fellow citizens in our community. But for the completely reckless behavior in these above illustrated crashes, five people could still be alive and well with their families today.

Our attorneys believe that there should be zero tolerance for such reckless behavior because it causes unnecessary injuries and deaths to innocent people. Those who are using roads and cars for their intended purpose of traversing from Point A to Point B should not have to suffer from the thoughtlessness of those who choose to put others’ lives in dangers. Such individuals have completely ignored their legal responsibilities when driving and caused families to lose loved ones through their extreme negligence. Our attorneys seek to fight for the rights of injured victims or families who have lost loved ones through personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. If you or a loved one has suffered from a motor vehicle accident, a lawsuit may be able to help you achieve the justice you seek. Call us for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you with your case.