Rockford, IL (October 2, 2020) – A woman was injured and another man was arrested following an alleged drunk driving accident in the Rockford area on Monday, September 28.
According to reports from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Benjamin Welter collided with a pickup truck at around 8:30 p.m. at the 5500 block of Kilburn Avenue. A woman traveling in his vehicle reportedly sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment. Welter reportedly fled the scene following the accident.
Welter was later found at his home in the Machesney Park area and was taken into custody on Thursday, October 1. He was charged with five counts of aggravated driving under the influence. No further updates on the accident have been provided at this time.
An ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and her family at this time. We hope for a full recovery.
Drunk Driving Crashes in Illinois
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Illinois. There were 10,497 people killed in drunk driving accidents across the country in 2016 alone. That year, DUI-related fatalities were involved in nearly 28% of traffic deaths nationwide. An estimated 30 people are killed daily in drunk driving crashes in the United States, an average of one death every 50 minutes. Statistics show that one out of every three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash at least once during their lifetime.
In order to recover compensation after a crash, you have to determine that the negligence of another party directly contributed to your injuries. This can be difficult on your own, and many crash victims find themselves overwhelmed by the personal injury process. An experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer can help you construct a strong case, make sure your legal rights are secured, and ensure that the liable party is held accountable for their role in the accident.
When you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an Illinois car crash, or in any way by the negligence of another person, it is important to protect your rights. At Kmlltdlaw, we believe in providing top-quality legal representation to all our clients to increase their chances of a successful claim, and we have a proven track record helping crash victims obtain fair and full compensation to cover their damages after a crash. Contact our offices today at 877-930-2551 to discuss your case today and see what our team of Illinois car crash attorneys can do for you.
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