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Effingham, IL - Trucker Hits Driver at I-70 & I-57

Effingham, IL (February 12, 2020) - On Monday, February 10th, an accident involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle left one injured in Effingham, Illinois. The crash happened at the crossing of I-70 and I-57 at around 4 p.m. Local sources reported that a white 2019 Freightliner pulling a 2018 utility trailer struck a 2017 Gray Honda Civic that was in the center lane.

The truck driver, David T. Blalock, 42, of Brinkley, Arkansas, was reportedly in the left lane of the roadway. The Honda, driven by Richard K. Beagle, 41, of Effingham, was attempting to pass the truck when Blalock entered the center lane, striking the passenger vehicle. Beagle was transported to St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Blalock was cited for improper lane usage. Local authorities are conducting an investigation into the accident.

Our thoughts are with Richard K. Beagle at this time. We hope for a full recovery.

Illinois Semi-Truck Crashes

lawfirmimages-114.jpgCrashes involving semi-trucks are known to cause severe injuries. The size and speed of these vehicles can be potentially deadly in the event of a crash. Truckers often work long hours, causing them to make critical mistakes while operating their big rigs.

Each year, an estimated 5,000 passenger-vehicle occupants are killed in semi-truck collisions. There are nearly 500,000 reported crashes involving commercial vehicles annually nationwide. Injured victims should call a qualified Illinois trucking injury lawyer immediately after an accident.

You should never second guess the severity of your injuries. Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. is dedicated to helping those unfairly injured in trucking collisions. Give us a call at (312) 425-0401 to discuss your case.

Note: As a result of the secondary sources that were used to complete this post, the information included within has not been independently verified by our own staff and may include misinformation. If you read something that, to your knowledge, is incorrect, please contact us as soon as possible and we will correct the inaccuracy.

Disclaimer: As members of the local Chicago and broader Illinois community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. You should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.


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