On Friday morning, a Rockford man died after a fatal car accident occurred involving four people. The Rockford police reported that a 24-year-old man was involved in a car crash during the early hours of the morning near 9th Street and 18th Avenue. The deceased was one of two passengers in a car that was operated by a 21-year-old man. The 21-year-old driver is suspected to have been speeding, disobeyed a traffic light and crashed into another vehicle. Alcohol is also believed to be involved. The driver of the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries. The 21-year-old driver faces numerous charges including DUI, disobeying a traffic light and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He will also be charged with driving on a revoked license. He is in custody at the Winnebago County Jail.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the leading cause of death among young people in the US are motor vehicle accidents, estimating six teenagers between the ages of 16 - 19 die every four days from motor vehicle incidents. Young people are at risk for an automotive crash for many reasons including inexperience, distraction, not using safety belts and speeding.
If you or a loved one have lost a young person in your life due to reckless driving, it is important to contact the St. Louis auto accident attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth. Our attorneys will gather evidence to establish liability and fight aggressively to hold that party accountable. We will work to recover the maximum compensation and you will owe us nothing unless a settlement or verdict is obtained. Contact us today to receive a free consultation from one of St. Louis’ best personal injury attorneys.