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Deadly Effingham crash results in charges against truck driver

Interstates and other highways cross Illinois from the Mississippi River to the the border with Indiana. As a result, thousands of tractor-trailers and other heavy vehicles are on our roads at any given time. Although truck driving takes a lot of training and experience, no one is infallible, and accidents involving trucks have the potential to be very destructive.

Illinois State Police are investigating a deadly crash near Effingham, which is about 200 miles southwest of Chicago. It claimed the lives of three people. Investigators say that the 59-year-old truck driver from Michigan failed to slow down in time to avoid plowing into a construction zone on the eastbound side of Interstate 70.

The truck hit the back of a sport utility vehicle driven by a 59-year-old Missouri woman. She and two of her passengers were killed in the impact, which also injured three other people. The truck driver faces a criminal charge of failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

Victims of truck accidents and the survivors of people killed in collisions with tractor-trailers have the right to seek financial damages in civil court regardless of criminal charges that may or may not be filed against operators and their employers. These funds may be crucial in the difficult period of recovery that comes after a crash.

An experienced attorney can provide valuable advice regarding the possibility of a lawsuit to seek reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for pain and loss. No one should deal with the aftermath of a collision caused by a reckless or negligent driver without help.

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