A 32-year old man is currently facing charges of aggravated DUI and reckless driving from a June 2012 accident that killed a 63-year old motorcyclist. A Chicago wrongful death attorney at our law firm learned that the pick-up truck driver was traveling during rush-hour traffic when he claimed a young teenager cut him off on Ogden Avenue at River Road in Naperville. The driver then became enraged and attempted to chase down the teen. In the process, he turned in front of the victim, who police say had the right of way. “He bulldozed through the intersection, no matter who or what was in his way,” a witness told a DuPage County Judge.
Dailyherald.com released that the victim, of Lombard, was killed upon impact. After the accident, the report states that the erratic driver fled the scene and flagged down a police officer, leading him to a nearby strip mall where he attempted to blame the teen driver for causing the accident. Instead, police found marijuana in his car, in addition to his blood later testing positive for traces of both cannabis and cocaine, according to a forensics expert.
“His driving and his driving alone caused [the victim’s] injuries,” said an Assistant States Attorney. But police are still investigating the accident, as several eyewitnesses were said to have provided conflicting details about who and what the case really was. In the mean time, the driver remains jailed on $500,000 bail. His trial resumed last week and will continue for several weeks afterwards.
Aggressive driving and road rage is on the rise and is a large concern for many drivers today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as “The operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” At least 1,500 people are seriously injured or killed in traffic disputes every year. An important distinction is that aggressive driving is a traffic violation, while road rage, an extreme state of aggressive driving, is actually a criminal offense. Both may include following too closely behind other vehicles, driving at excessive speeds, running stop lights and signs, and weaving through traffic.
One of the leading causes of aggressive driving is traffic congestion. Many drivers have low tolerances for traffic delays and may become angry with anyone who slows them down on the road. Frequently changing lanes and tailgating is often the result. Drivers who are running late also tend to drive aggressively, commonly believing their actions can be justified by the fact that reaching their destination is most important.
In order to prevent aggressive driving accidents, our attorneys believe it is important to always obey speed limits and have regard towards the law and other motorists. Always be cautious of other drivers and travel in the right lane if you are a slow driver. If you are being chased by another motorist who appears to be in rage, do not change lanes or weave in and out of traffic. This could cause harm to yourself and other motorists. If you are cut off, do not make any gestures to the other motorists. Do not confront him, and attempt to refrain from making eye contact. Instead, continue driving with the flow of traffic. If necessary, call 911 with a description of the car and the license plate number. Continue driving to a safe location.
Our attorneys want to encourage you to continue driving safely on Illinois roadways. Doing so will not only help to keep you and your passengers safe, but will prevent accidents that may cause injury to other motorists or pedestrians nearby. Because aggressive driving is such a common problem for many Illinois drivers, it is nearly impossible to prevent every accident from occurring. But making an effort to drive patiently, within the speed limit, and following the rules of the road can certainly have an impact in keeping you and other motorists safe behind the wheel.
In the case that you or a loved one has been seriously injured by an aggressive driver, please contact our law firm for more information. We provide quality legal representation to those who lives have been severely impacted by negligent motorists and are willing to assist you in determining what rights and compensation may be available to you.