Mistakes Cost Lives Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

By Osborne & Francis
October 25, 2023

Negligence by third party may lead to an accident, create liability for someone other than the driver at fault says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

If someone is killed while traveling it’s often a chain of events that lead to the accident. One of the links may be government mistakes or inaction that resulted in someone driving who should’ve been kept off the road. Because of this person’s negligence an innocent party has paid the ultimate price. It’s not just the mistakes by drivers that result in accidents, sometimes it’s the mistakes by governments who are supposed to be keeping us safe says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

One such incident occurred in Des Plains, Illinois in February because of what was done and not done with a 2013 ticket issued to a driver who caused a fatal crash, according to the Chicago Tribune. Officials with the state’s Secretary of State's office and the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk's office are blaming each other because the ticket should lead to Piotr Rog’s license being revoked.

Rog had his license suspended three times when he was ticketed for going through a stop sign in 2013. That ticket should’ve lead to his license being revoked. It was discovered in March after media inquiries into Rog's driving record.

Law enforcement officials estimate he was driving at about 100 miles per hour when he crashed into the car with Kevin, 52, and Anita Crawford, 50, and their 20-year-old daughter Kirsten in it. The three family members and Rog, who was 21 at the time, were killed in the accident. One person survived the accident, which occurred on a city street in front of a YMCA.

A spokeswoman for the court clerk stated their records show their office followed all the proper procedures and reported the ticket to the Secretary of State's office. The ticket should have resulted in the revocation of Rog's license years before February’s accident in Des Plaines. Copies of documents were sent to the Tribune showing the ticket had been reported to the Secretary of State's office on March 26, 2013.

The Secretary of State claims the ticket was only entered into the system in March, after the accident, triggering a revocation of Rog's license four years after the conviction. They claim Cook County did not report the traffic ticket to the Secretary of State's office. A spokesman for the Secretary of State claims they have no record of receiving the ticket in 2013.

Illinois county traffic courts input ticket information into a computer system, which is supposed to send data to the Secretary of State's office. Their computers are supposed to automatically assign the infractions a given number of points based on the violation. If a person has accumulated enough points a driver’s license can be revoked.

Local officials want the war of words stopped so the agencies can find out what happened and prevent the problem from happening again. This problem has surfaced at time when the court clerk’s office is considering a $36 million upgrade to its computer system. The current, outdated system is run by a decades-old mainframe that prevents officials from loading court data on to a modern "cloud" system.

If a third party, like a government entity, someone serving alcohol or a car dealership servicing a vehicle committed negligence and they were a factor in a vehicle accident that caused a serious injury or death, that party, depending on the circumstances, could be a defendant in a personal injury action.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer right away. Your lawyer can answer your questions and help you determine the next steps in your case.

Call Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne today at (561) 293-2600 today to discuss your case with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer.

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