Failure to Follow Key Driving Rules Likely Led to Tragic Auto Auction Crash

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Experienced Auto Auction Accident Attorneys at Whiting Law Group Concerned by Manheim Auto Auction Crash

Failure to follow the Smith System can have tragic and avoidable results. Four people were injured and rushed to the hospital as a result of unsafe driving on Manheim’s auction site.

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Leading automobile accident attorney, Timothy M. Whiting has expressed his concern that a recent car accident at Manheim Auto Auction in Matteson, Illinois that sent four people to the hospital may be the result of driver negligence. Given the reported facts from the crash, Mr. Whiting believes that the driver failed to follow established safe-driving rules for auto auction sites.

The founder and managing partner of Whiting Law Group, Tim Whiting is very familiar with the dangers that auto auction sites pose as noted in a legal action filed in Cook County, Illinois in 2008 (Case No. 08 L 003171, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County Department - Law Division). “In 2008, a client of ours was crushed by a runaway vehicle at an auto auction in Crestwood, Illinois,” Whiting said. “The victim suffered severe injuries to his legs and back, and was not able to return to work. We pursued justice against the auto auction owners and their driver and secured $2.5 million for the victim.”

Auto Auction Accident
In news report from ABC7 News on April 11, 2013 ( about the Manheim Auto Auction crash, an older gentleman who walks with a cane lost control of an SUV that slammed into several people and at least one other car. At least one victim was thrown into the air as a result of being struck by the SUV. Three victims and the driver were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

Mr. Whiting highlighted two major points of concern as reported by ABC7 News: First, the police cited the driver of the SUV for driving too fast for conditions. Second, this crash was not the first for Manheim Auto Auction’s Matteson location. Both elements must be thoroughly investigated in order to determine the full scope and facts of the accident.

Whiting Law Group has an emergency investigation response team to preserve and gather critical evidence, interview witnesses and document the facts of the crash. The firm’s auto accident lawyers consult with top auto safety and accident reconstruction experts to review and identify federal safety regulations, state laws and standard of care violations that contributed to the crash.

Establishing a Standard of Care
As personal injury and accident attorneys know, the defendant in any auto accident case needs to be shown to have failed to meet an accepted standard of care owed to the victim.

The Smith System® is a leading provider of collision avoidance driver training. Focused on crash prevention, the system helps drivers respond to driving challenges regardless of where they drive or what type of vehicle they operate. In the 2008 case, Whiting Law Group demonstrated that the driver of that runaway car had violated the Smith System’s program for auto auction sites.

“When properly followed, the Smith System ensures the safe operation of vehicles on an auto auction site,” said Timothy Whiting. “Failure to follow the Smith System can have tragic and avoidable results. Four people were injured and rushed to the hospital as a result of unsafe driving on Manheim’s auction site.”

About Whiting Law Group
Whiting Law Group is an Illinois and Wisconsin based law firm concentrating its practice in serious personal injury matters, automobile accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death and medical malpractice actions. Founded in 2001 by partner Timothy M. Whiting on the foundation of dedication, hard work and passion, Whiting Law Group offers the highest quality of service to their clients.

With a 96% success rate of earned recoveries in their cases, Whiting Law Group has secured more than $100 million in awards and settlements for its clients, many times resolving their cases in less than 24 months.

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