Effingham, IL (July 16, 2020) – A crash near Effingham left two people injured. The accident reportedly occurred early Monday morning on July 13. Reports from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department (ECSD) revealed that the site of the crash was located near the intersection of US-45 and East 1900th Avenue. Two vehicles collided at around 9:35 a.m. that morning.
Three miles north of Effingham, a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Melissa Westjohn of Teutopolis, Illinois collided with a car driven by a 17-year-old woman from Mattoon, Illinois. According to reports from local law enforcement, the 17-year-old driver was stopped at the intersection waiting to make a turn onto a private driveway when she was struck from behind by Westjohn.
According to local reports, Westjohn was transported by ambulance to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham for the treatment of sustained injuries resulting from the accident. The 17-year-old woman refused medical attention at the scene but reportedly sustained injuries in the crash.
Westjohn was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid the crash and driving without a valid driver’s license. At this time, no further updates on the collision are currently available.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is being managed by ECSD. More details will be released as the investigation continues.
Our thoughts are with Melissa Westjohn, the other injured party, and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Rear-End Crashes in Illinois
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions are the most common type of crash reported across the United States. Nearly 29% of all reported accidents involve rear-end impacts each year, with an estimated 1.7 million rear-end crashes reported annually. These crashes have been known to result in severe injuries and even fatalities, with a reported 1,700 people dying and another 500,000 being injured in rear-end crashes each year across the country. For these reasons, rear-end crashes are taken very seriously by both the medical and legal community, and the driver responsible should be held accountable for any resulting damages.
Car crash victims often find themselves struggling to learn their rights in time to protect them after an accident. Generally, most people do not have a complete understanding of state laws, insurance policies, or what procedures to follow after being injured in a crash. Luckily, you do not have to pursue a personal injury claim on your own. An experienced Illinois personal injury attorney can help you pursue a claim and recover compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost income, and other losses.
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