Southern IL Woman Fined for Fatal Accident

March 22, 2017
A southern Illinois woman received a $1,000 fine for causing a motorcycle accident that killed a man. In November 2014, 57-year-old Terry Rawson was traveling on Stotlar Road when his motorcycle was rear-ended by 28-year-old Brittany Lane. Rawson, a Sesser, Illinois resident, and former school sports coach, was killed in the accident. Authorities subpoenaed Lane’s cell phone records, and there is no evidence that she was using her phone at the time of the accident. She was convicted of following too closely to a vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. On Wednesday, Lane received a $1,000 fine that is the maximum amount. Her driver’s license has also been revoked for one year, and she has been ordered to repay any court fees. The Williamson County State’s Attorney is requesting that Lane’s driver’s license be revoked for three years instead of just the one. 
A substantial amount of motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers. Numerous states have implemented programs to remind motorists to operate their vehicles attentively and be aware of their surroundings. Especially, watching for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are sometimes difficult to see due to their size, and any driver that becomes distracted can cause a motorcycle accident with devastating results. Losing a loved one is devastating, and it is important to exercise your right to holding an at-fault driver responsible for their negligence.

Deborah Besserman is an experienced Illinois motorcycle accident attorney and will fight to seek justice and recover the maximum financial compensation for your case. The Besserman Law Office will investigate the crash, gather evidence, and support you throughout this difficult time. Contact Deborah to receive a free consultation.

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