Driver Sentenced for Deadly Crash that Led to “Julie’s Law”

Car accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are reminding the public that speeding is seriously dangerous and can result in severe injuries or fatalities.

Recently, a 22-year-old Illinois driver found guilty of aggravated speeding in a 2011 fatal crash was sentenced to six months in jail. Investigators found that the reckless driver was going at least 76 mph in a 40 mph zone when he struck and killed a 17-year-old girl from Frankfort. Sadly, the young girl was one month shy of her 18th birthday and graduated high school just a week before the crash.

Aggravated speeding carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail. The judge said that the driver’s history of at least seven traffic violations prior to the deadly crash played a part in his sentencing decision.

The parents of the victim helped move forward legislation that imposes harsher penalties on excess speeders through the Illinois General Assembly this year. The Illinois governor signed “Julie’s Law” in July. It is scheduled to take effect in 2013.

Basically, “Julie’s Law” prohibits judges from granting court supervision to drivers found driving 25 miles or more above the speed limit on a non-rural road, or 30 mph or more above the limit on a highway. This is a change from the previous law, which allowed judges to permit supervision for drivers who drove more than 40 mph above the speed limit. Julie’s Law will take effect in July 2013.

According to an article published in examiner.com following the signing of “Julie’s law,” one of the law’s sponsors expressed her hope that more severe punishments would dissuade motorists from endangering their lives, as well as the lives of others, by reckless speeding. Three other road safety laws were signed the same day as “Julie’s law.”

Accident Causes Residents to Push for Reduced Speed Limits

A recent CINews.com article featured another Illinois accident that caused local residents to push for lower speed limits. The single vehicle accident involved a car that became airborne, smashed into the fence, collided with two trees in the air, and ended up on a fence.

Speeding Causes Car to Smash into House

Illinois drivers are not the only drivers involved in reckless driving accidents. Last month, the Daily Progress reported the arrest of a driver who was speeding and crashed into a small house in Virginia. The driver reportedly lost control of his car, flew into a brick wall, and landed on the roof of the house. He fled the scene, but police were able to find and arrest him later that day. `

If you were involved in a speeding accident, an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer can explain your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering or medical expenses resulting from the accident.

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