Teen Driver Faces Reckless Homicide Charges after Car Accident
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on March 10, 2017 in Car Accidents
An 18-year-old teen driver is facing charges for reckless homicide after allegedly causing a car accident that killed his 16-year-old sister on March 6, 2017.
Police reported that the Chevy Tahoe the teens were in struck a cement truck after the driver lost control of the vehicle. The 16-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the vehicle, died at the scene.
Investigators have revealed that the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on South 13th Street and Bolivar Ave, shortly after the two teens were released from school.
The brother is believed to have been street-racing another vehicle when he lost control of his own as he attempted to brake for the cement truck.
The brother was later taken to the hospital where he was treated for severe injuries caused by the car crash. He is now facing criminal charges of reckless homicide in relation to the crash.
Speeding Remains Problematic in Wisconsin
Speeding has remained a consistent problem among Wisconsin’s drivers for within the last several years.
Between 2013 and 2015, approximately 450,000 speeding convictions were made by the state’s law enforcement agencies.
In 2015, speeding citations within Wisconsin increased by nearly seven percent, with 172,000 speeding tickets issued throughout the year.
One of the most common speeding violation includes drivers traveling at speeds of 70 mph in zones marked 55 mph, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).
WisDOT revealed that more than 30,000 violations written for this specific infraction alone, and that drivers who travel at such high speeds are engaging in a form of aggressive driving.
Speed is a Common Factor in Fatal Car Accidents Involving Teen Drivers
A 2016 study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) revealed that speeding is one of the most common deadly mistakes that teen drivers make.
Within the last five years, teen drivers have been involved in nearly 14,000 fatal auto accidents, with more than 4,200 involving speeding.
Driving instructors have stated that the other deadly mistakes teens often make operating a vehicle are poorly scanning the road for potential dangers and engaging in distractions, like texting while driving.
Speeding and other forms of aggressive and distracted driving are reckless and increase the chances of fatal accidents occurring. Car crashes caused by speeding are completely preventable.
Those who have suffered because of the actions of a reckless driver may have legal options that entitles compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
As experienced car accident attorneys in Milwaukee, we can help you file a claim that may increase your chances of maximizing your compensation. Contact the injury lawyers at PKSD for a free, no obligation consultation to review the circumstances surrounding your claim.