An investigation has been launched to determine if a police officer is responsible for a fatal car accident that occurred on Monday. The accident happened in Winnebago County, Illinois when a police officer attempted to stop a speeding motorist. The driver of the speeding vehicle attempted to flee from the officer and a high-speed chase occurred. As the chase reached speeds of approximately 80 mph, the vehicle collided with another car at the intersection of Springfield and Cunningham. The driver of that vehicle, a 55-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and the suspect in the fleeing vehicle, as well as a passenger were transported to the hospital for serious injuries. Police officers should only be involved in a high-speed chase if there is the belief that a felony has been committed and that the chase outweighs the risks. The accident is being investigated and there have not yet been charges filed against the driver.
The results of a car accident can vary and regardless of the severity, all accidents can be frightening. Even in a minor car crash, the impact alone is alarming and can result in a stressful situation for all individuals involved. If you have sustained property damages, injuries, emotional damages, or the loss of a loved one in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
At the St. Louis law office of Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, our experienced car accident attorneys will examine your accident to determine if you have grounds to file a case. If another party is responsible for your crash, we will fight to hold them accountable for their negligence. Our attorneys have recovered over $350 million in compensation and will work to obtain the maximum compensation for your damages. If you or a loved on has been the victim of a car accident, contact us today for a free consultation.