The phrase “auto accident” is usually a misnomer. When cars crash, it is almost always because someone made a bad decision – from driving too fast or braking too late to running a red light or not yielding the right-of-way. (That’s why “collision” is usually a more apt term.) In other words, there is usually nothing “accidental” about what caused the incident. The choices and/or driving behaviors made by individuals sometimes result in collisions – even if they weren’t necessarily trying to cause one.
And then there are a few cases where a driver is trying to cause a collision.
One such case just concluded in a DuPage County court. On Wednesday, a 32-year old Plainfield man was found guilty of aggravated driving under the influence as well as leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The defendant was accused of being in a “fog of rage” when he caused the collision that killed a 63-year old motorcyclist in Naperville.
On June 13 of last year, the man was driving his car when he reportedly got into an altercation with three teens at an intersection in Naperville. So the man tried to run the teenagers down, and during the chase turned in front of traffic. The Lombard man on the motorcycle was unable to stop in time, and the bike slammed into the defendant’s car, killing the motorcyclist. The Plainfield man continued on its course and sped away from the motorcycle accident scene.
The conviction helps bolster any wrongful death lawsuit that the surviving family members may file against the 32-year old. This suit could allow the family to collect reimbursement for burial expenses and monetary damages for pain and suffering or loss of care and companionship. If the motorcyclist was still employed, the plaintiffs could also receive the estimated future wages the victim would have earned in his lifetime.