It’s an American pastime: young adults driving around at night on a weekend. They may be headed to or from a gathering or event, or they may have no particular place to go. Either way, it’s an image that is joyous and carefree – until you mix in alcohol. Then it can become horrifying in a hurry.
That appears to be the case where a young woman remains in the hospital after a terrible Rockford car accident early Saturday morning. Around 1:30am, a 20-year old man was driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue in which the 20-year old woman was a passenger. The driver lost control of the car on South 6th Street just south of 6th Avenue in Rockford, and the vehicle slammed into a bridge support and caught fire. The woman had to be extricated from the car, and she was rushed to an area hospital with critical injuries. Rockford Police then charged the driver with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as illegal consumption and transportation of alcohol by a minor. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed and driving without a license or insurance.Because of the man’s recklessness, the woman may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against him. This type of suit could allow the Rockford woman to get reimbursed for her medical expenses; which may include ambulance charges, hospitalization costs, and expenses incurred for tests, medications, and physical therapy. In addition, a jury may also award damages to the woman for mental anguish, and possibly even order the driver to pay punitive damages (which is not uncommon in DUI cases).