Fighting for the Rights of Injured Pedestrians
When most people think of auto accidents, they usually don’t think of people walking on foot. But a Chicago pedestrian accident lawyer will tell you￼ that common collisions don’t just involve two or more vehicles.
A fair percentage of car accidents only involve one motorist. Further, these types of accidents can often result in substantial damage and horrendous injuries. This is especially true when the accident involves a pedestrian.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes know that you are going through a difficult time. Medical bills are piling up, you’re off of work, and you’re hurt and in pain. Further, you might be getting calls from an auto insurance company and you don’t know what to do.
The good news is that we are here to help. The lawyers at Abels & Annes have been handling pedestrian accident cases for many years with great success. If you have a case, we are ready and willing to fight for you.
Pedestrian Accident FAQ
How Common Are Illinois Pedestrian Accidents?
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are far from rare. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, in 2012:
- 4,743 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in the United States;
- Pedestrian deaths accounted for 14% of all vehicle crash fatalities;
- 19% of pedestrian deaths were committed by hit-and-run drivers;
- 73% of pedestrian fatalities were in urban areas;
- 30% of fatalities occurred at intersections;
- 15% of pedestrians killed in crashes were 70 years old or older;
- 76,000 pedestrians were injured;
- Of the 76,000 injuries, 14,000 (or 18%) were to children under 15 years old;
- There were 2,943 pedestrian crashes in the City of Chicago alone;
Pedestrians do not only include those walking along city streets, but joggers, skateboarders, and people in wheelchairs or other assistive devices. Pedestrians also include anyone who may be on or near a roadway, such as people crossing the street to visit their neighbors, or children playing on the sidewalk.
What Are Common Causes of Chicago Pedestrian Accidents?
Drivers have a duty of care while operating their vehicles that extend to more than just other cars. They often fail to keep a lookout for the more vulnerable people on the roads, such as motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Here are the main causes:
- Distracted driving. A motorist texting or distracted by something else, like food or changing the radio station.
- Left-hand turn. A driver turning at an intersection and doesn’t notice a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
- Exiting a parking lot or driveway. A driver fails to look for pedestrians while turning in or out of a parking lot or driveway.
- Failure to yield. A motorist fails to stop at a stop sign or yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
- A vehicle backing out of a parking space or driveway.
- Speeding. A driver loses control or can’t stop intime due to driving too fast for conditions.
- DUI. A drunk driver fails to see a pedestrian.
- Bad weather. Whether it’s an icy road, or bad visibility from rain or snow, Chicago weather can cause pedestrian accidents.
Where do Most Child Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
Motorists need to be especially wary when driving through areas that are likely to have more children present, such as:
- Residential neighborhoods
- School zones
- Shopping areas
- Parks and playgrounds
- Recreational areas
This is critical, as young children are often less aware of their surroundings and of the dangers posed by moving vehicles. Also, it’s difficult for drivers to spot kids because of their small stature.
It is also important for parents to educate their children about the dangers of vehicles and roadways. In particular, the dangers inherent in walking through parking lots (such as back-over accidents) and crossing streets. Parents accompanying their young toddlers along roadways should always have them by the hand or carry them, if at all possible.
How Can I Avoid Pedestrian Accidents?
Here are several precautions to take to avoid getting hit by a car as a pedestrian:
- Cross the street in designated crosswalks
- At stop light intersections, only cross when you have a walk signal
- When crossing the street, be defensive and assume the driver doesn’t see you
- Never cross midblock, especially when traveling on busy urban streets or streets with multiple lanes
- Wear bright and reflective clothing at night
What Should I do if Injured in a Chicago Pedestrian Accident?
- Call the police and make a report
- Take down witness information at the scene
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Call a pedestrian accident attorney
- Don’t speak to an auto insurance company until you’ve had a consultation with a lawyer
As more and more people turn to either public transportation or walking as an alternative to commuting by car, more pedestrians end up on the public roadways. This is particularly true in urban areas like Chicago, where people often walk from bus stops, “L” stops, or rail stations to their homes or places of employment.
Too frequently, pedestrians are hit by motorists who are too distracted to notice them crossing the street or walking behind a vehicle. And when this happens, it will be the pedestrian, not the motorist, who pays the price.
The pedestrian injury attorneys at Abels & Annes have extensive experience representing those who are injured in this type of accident. We can pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf, or a wrongful death suit on behalf of a loved one who has been killed in a pedestrian accident in Chicago or anywhere else in Cook County or the surrounding communities.
Contact the Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Abels & Annes For a Free Consultation
If you or someone close to you has suffered an accident as a pedestrian, visit our firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. These can be very complex cases, and hiring a law firm familiar with the issues involved in pedestrian accidents in the Chicago area is your best option for obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Our Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers have a proven track record of success in litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of clients and families living with the tragedy of a serious or fatal accident.
Contact Abels & Annes, P.C., toll-free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO, or locally in Chicago at (312) 924-7575, or use the form here on this website. At Abels & Annes, we stand on our record of success.
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- Crosswalk Accidents Involving Pedestrians
- Hit-and-Run Accidents Involving Pedestrians
- Pedestrian Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers
- Pedestrian Accidents Caused by Stop Light Violations
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