Failure to Follow Safe Driving Rules Likely Led to Auto Auction Crash

The experienced auto auction accident attorneys at Whiting Law Group express their concern about the Manheim Auto Auction Crash.

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 suggests that the driver failed to follow established safe-driving practices and rules for auto auction sites.

The founder and managing partner of Whiting Law Group, Tim Whiting is all too familiar with the dangers posted by auto auction sites as noted in a case filed in Cook County, Illinois in 2008. “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 about the Manheim Auto Auction crash, an older gentleman with a cane lost control of an SUV before slamming into a number of people and at least one other vehicle. According to witness, 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 concerns in this auto auction crash:

  • 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 Tim 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.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto auction crash, please contact our auto accident attorneys today. For a free review of your case, please call Tim Whiting on 877-936-7200, send him an email at or use our online consultation form.

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