The laws do not bend to accommodate those with money, power or prestige but rather stand firm to apply to all those in the United States equally, or at least they should. Celebrities cannot ignore laws, including those that apply when operating a vehicle, and may be held liable for their actions if they violate any traffic laws. This is true in Chicago, in Illinois, and elsewhere across the nation.
In a new incident, pop star Justin Bieber reportedly was arrested again over the weekend for an incident involving his driving an ATV. The 20-year-old Bieber reportedly was driving an ATV near his childhood home in Perth County, Ontario, Canada on Friday when the ATV collided with a minivan. It has not been confirmed at this time but reports indicate that paparazzi may have been in the van and may have been pursuing Bieber and a female passenger on the ATV prior to the collision. While officials have not released the name of the female passenger, sources indicate that it was Selena Gomez, Bieber’s on-again, off-again girlfriend.
Following the impact, Bieber and one individual from the minivan reportedly engaged in a physical confrontation where no one is believed to have been seriously injured. Police officers in the area responded to the incident and arrested Bieber who now allegedly faces charges of dangerous driving and assault. He was released on a promise to appear for his initial court date which is believed to be September 29, 2014.
This is far from Bieber’s first run-in with the law or even when it comes to his driving. His neighbors in the Calabasas area of California previously complained about Bieber’s excessive speeding and erratic driving, leading to interactions with local police. Recently, Bieber was charged with driving under the influence while in Miami and in conjunction with a street racing incident. Bieber reached a plea deal in the Miami incident just last month.
Dangerous driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and reckless conduct including excessive speeding are all threatening behaviors that increase the odds of a car accident occurring. Unfortunately, these crashes can leave victims with injuries or even prove fatal in some cases.
When a car accident occurs in Chicago, the victims of that crash may be entitled to legal relief, including financial compensation for the injuries they incur. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help illuminate your legal options if you have been hurt in a crash.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we offer all car accident victims a free, no obligation telephone consultation toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. We have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day to take your call where everything discussed will be kept confidential. If you prefer to meet with our attorneys in person but you are too injured to travel to our offices, we also offer free in-home and in-hospital consultations so that you can get the answers you deserve, whenever you need them.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Truck Accident on Kennedy Expressway Injures at least One, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published September 2, 2014.
Justin Bieber Arrested for Dangerous Driving and Assault in Canada, Authorities Say, by Lesley Messer, Good Morning America/ABC News, published September 2, 2014.