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Man Pleaded Guilty in Auto Accident- Now Suing

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Lilly Lentz1 year ago

According to the ABA Journal, a man who pleaded guilty to reckless driving is now coming back with a lawsuit against the city.

Chicago Tribune and the Lawsuit

William Kivit, now 21-years-old, pleaded guilty to reckless driving in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, last year. Kivit filed a complaint last month in Cook County Circuit Court challenging that a city police officer distracted him when he activated his siren and lights. Kivit contends that this distraction caused him to run a red light and hit a car that was legally traveling through the intersection.

A police investigation determined that Kivit was traveling between 79 and 90 miles per hour at the time of the accident. As a result of the reckless driving charge, Kivit got probation. Kivit’s two passengers, as well as the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident, have also sued the city on similar grounds as Kivit.

Kivit’s suit against Park Ridge states that the city officer was going up to 86 miles per hour. The suit says 86 miles per hour is in violation of the Park Ridge police policies for high-speed chases. Kivit also claims that the officer did not “timely activate his siren”.

Park Ridge’s police chief stated that the arresting officer was terminated as a result of the unauthorized chase; however, he is fighting his dismissal.

Car Crash Statistics in Illinois

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation:

  • Crashes involving speed account for 31.2 percent of the overall crashes in 2013, 35.0 percent of the fatal crashes, and 35.7 percent of the injury crashes.
  • There were 285,477 crashes involving motor vehicles in Illinois in 2013. Injury crashes account for 21.4 percent of these crashes (61,001), while fatal crashes (895) account for less than 1 percent of these overall crashes.
  • City Streets and roads accounted for 154,764 crashes in 2013.
  • Side-swiping from the opposite direction accounted for 3,242 crashes in 2013.
  • The total estimated cost of crashes in Illinois for 2013 was $5.7 billion.
Speeding Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • NHTSA estimates that the annual economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is $40.4 billion.
  • In 2012, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and 10,219 lives were lost in speeding related crashes.
  • For drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are the most likely to be speeding.
  • Among males, 37 percent of 15- to 20-year-old and 37 percent of 21- to 24-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding.


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