A teenager was killed in a car accident in Swansea, Illinois on Tuesday afternoon. The accident report states that 18-year-old Nicholas Kraus was operating a 2006 gray Ford Fusion traveling on Old Collinsville Road southbound when he lost control and slid into the northbound lanes. Kraus’ vehicle then collided head-on with a 2008 Cadillac driven by an unidentified woman. Kraus was transported by ambulance to the hospital in Belleville and later transferred to a hospital in St. Louis. He succumbed to his injuries, and the St. Louis medical examiner’s office has listed the cause of death as blunt-force trauma. The female driver of the Cadillac sustained minor injuries and received treatment at the scene of the accident. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident and believes the rainy weather caused the crash.
Every day media outlets report of car accidents that cause injuries and death. Auto accidents are caused by several factors and can include dangerous roadways, SUV rollovers, design flaws, and negligent driving. Negligent driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents and may be demonstrated in the form of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, speeding and aggressive driving. Regardless of the specific cause, all negligent parties should be held accountable for their reckless actions that inflict injuries upon others.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an auto accident, it is important to seek the advice of a skilled St. Louis auto accident attorney. The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have over 95 years of combined legal experience. We will investigate the accident to determine the proper course of action to recover the maximum compensation for your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.