Pedestrians Accident Attorneys for Crosswalk Injuries
Not everyone rides the bus, and not everyone takes the train. Only some people travel by cab or by private car. Still fewer choose a bicycle or motorcycle to get around town.
However, the one thing that everyone has in common is that at some point every day, everyone is a pedestrian. It is a belief so popular that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) uses the concept as a slogan.
It’s there to remind individuals of why pedestrian safety is so important. If everyone walks at one time or another, then the safety of pedestrians should matter to all. Read on to learn more about Chicago pedestrian accident law in regards to crosswalks from the Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C.
Pedestrian accidents injure thousands
Despite this commonality that unites us all, pedestrian accidents continue to occur. There are injuries to thousands of people, claiming the lives of many.
In fact, in 2011 alone, there were 4,432 pedestrian fatalities in traffic crashes according to NHTSA. That means that on average, a pedestrian in America lost his or her life every two hours. In addition to those who are killed in accidents, hundreds of thousands of additional people are injured in collisions.
Pedestrians can be in a traffic accident at any point in time. Though areas marked for pedestrian traffic should be safe, there is never a guarantee. Not all drivers will respect a pedestrian’s right to travel.
Even areas like sidewalks can be the scene of a pedestrian accident, though these crashes are less common than others. Our pedestrian accident lawyers have worked on several sidewalk cases.
Crosswalks are high risk for pedestrian accidents
The greatest risks to pedestrians arise when pedestrians and automobiles are using the same space. The best example of this is a crosswalk.
A crosswalk is a marked or unmarked path designed for pedestrians to safely cross a street, road, or alley. This, without the risk of being hit by a car.
Crosswalks often are located at intersections or corners of roads to make them convenient for use by pedestrians. Further, they hopefully discourage walkers from crossing mid-block.
Having a uniform location for crosswalks can also make it easier for drivers to anticipate the presence of pedestrians. Further, it should help them take appropriate steps to ensure pedestrian safety.
In a large city like Chicago, most crosswalks are clearly marked and identified. However, in smaller communities or less-traveled areas, crosswalks may be less noticeable.
Under the laws of Illinois, crosswalks can be either marked or unmarked. But, regardless of how they are designated, they are designed for pedestrian use.
Also, pedestrians generally have the right-of-way when using a crosswalk properly. This means following traffic signals for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and staying within the confines of the crosswalk when walking across a street.
Pedestrian crosswalk accidents often result in serious injuries
The type of accident typically determines a lot about the injuries. But whether a pedestrian was involved in a car accident, truck accident, or even bus accident, the pedestrian almost always suffers from injuries. They can range from mild to fatal.
The fact is that an automobile is a large, heavy, metal vehicle with many safety features to protect its occupants. In contrast, there is nothing surrounding a pedestrian to offer any sort of protection in the event of an impact.
This leaves the pedestrian’s body to absorb much of the force of a crash. When this happens, broken bones, scars and lacerations, or even death may result.
Pedestrian accidents do not end for a victim once the crash is over. Rather, it can leave a victim suffering for months or even years.
Medical bills, lost income and pain & suffering from pedestrian accidents
In some instances, victims may never fully recover and may need assistance for the remainder of their lifetimes. These damages can affect others in a family and can limit a victim’s ability to work, in addition to causing a victim to incur out-of-pocket medical expenses.
When a driver fails to recognize the rights of a pedestrian and causes a collision, the pedestrian may seek relief for damages that result. In many cases, this can include:
- Bills for emergency medical treatment and hospital care
- Visits to specialists
- Future surgical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Talk to a crosswalk pedestrian accident lawyer in Chicago
Speaking with an injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options after a crash.
The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe that all accident victims deserve to have an advocate fighting for their rights. We believe it so strongly that we make ourselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to speak with accident victims. We provide them with free, no obligation case consultations.
If you have injuries from a pedestrian crosswalk accident, call us today at (312) 924-7575. Let us help you understand your legal options.
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