Effingham, IL (July 21, 2020) – Officials from the Effingham Police Department (EPD) and emergency responders were called to the scene of a collision involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle. The accident reportedly occurred late on Friday afternoon, July 17. Initial reports from local law enforcement revealed that the crash took place at around 5:41 p.m.
According to local reports, 54-year-old Oscar W. McDonald from Montrose, Illinois was driving a vehicle on Ford Avenue. The injured victim was reportedly struck while crossing at the 1011 block of Ford Avenue. The pedestrian was later identified as 26-year-old Nicholas M. Thompson from Effingham.
Thompson reportedly sustained injuries in the crash. He was transported by ambulance to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital for treatment. At this time, no citations have been filed. The cause of the accident is still unknown. No updates on the conditions of the injured party have been provided.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is being managed by local law enforcement officials. No further information on the crash is currently available.
Our thoughts are with Nicholas M. Thompson and their family at this time. We hope for a full recovery.
Illinois Pedestrian Accidents
Across the country, there were 5,977 pedestrians killed in traffic collisions in 2017. That is an average of one pedestrian being killed every 88 minutes. Another 137,000 pedestrians were treated at emergency rooms for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that year. Statistics show that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a crash compared to those traveling in a passenger vehicle.
In Illinois, there were 4,930 pedestrian accidents reported in 2012. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), 139 pedestrians were killed in vehicle collisions across the state that year, and 4,665 pedestrians suffered non-fatal injuries in auto-pedestrian accidents. Of those injured, 890 people sustained “Type A” injuries requiring emergency aid.
Pedestrians and cyclists have to share the roadways with other motor vehicles. It is the duty of all drivers to safely share the roads with pedestrians and yield the right of way when necessary. Sadly, too many drivers fail to pay attention to areas like crosswalks, and far too often, serious Illinois pedestrian accidents are the result. In many cases, drivers ignore or refuse to respect when pedestrians have the right of way, and the resulting injuries in the event of an accident can be catastrophic.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, our Illinois pedestrian accident attorneys have more than a century of combined experience fighting for the rights of crash victims in Illinois, and that means we know how to recover the compensation our clients deserve. We have successfully represented clients seriously injured as a result of negligent or reckless motorists, and we will fight diligently to make sure that the driver responsible is held liable for your damages. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to see what we can do for your case by consulting with a qualified Illinois personal injury lawyer.
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