Chicago is a bustling metropolis in which pedestrians and motor vehicles are in close proximity to each other everyday. At any given moment, thousands of people are going from place to place in the city.
Our pedestrian accident lawyers know that a safe commute depends on everyone following traffic laws and paying attention to their surroundings. Unfortunately, distracted driving is a common occurrence in Chicago. It often results in serious accidents between pedestrians and cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
Not surprisingly, the pedestrians are typically the ones with serious injuries. The Chicago pedestrian accident attorneys at Abels & Annes regularly represent pedestrians who have been injured by distracted drivers. Further, we have the knowledge and skill to hold drivers liable for the losses they cause.
What Are Common Causes of Distracted Driving Pedestrian Accidents?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines distracted driving as any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from driving a vehicle. Further, the agency categorizes driver distractions as follows:
Manual distractions require drivers to remove their hands from the wheel. This can include:
- Grooming accidents
- Eating and driving accidents
- Drinking driving accidents
- Shaving related accidents
- Adjusting the radio accidents
These distractions occur when drivers think about something other than driving. For example, talking to passengers, a cell phone call, or daydreaming.
Whenever drivers look at something other than the road, that is a visual distraction. When many of us think of distracted driving, smartphone use immediately comes to mind. Some examples of these distractions are:
- Checking email
- Browsing the internet
- Looking for items in the vehicle
- Looking at a GPS device
Distracted drivers often break the law by:
- Running stop signs
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Failing to avoid hazards
In any event, distracted driving is typically negligent driving. This means that victims of accidents caused by distracted drivers are generally able to recover compensation.
Distracted Driving Causes Serious Pedestrian Accident Injuries
When motor vehicles strike pedestrians, the injuries can be extremely serious and even life threatening. Common injuries to pedestrians when they are in accidents with motor vehicles can include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries. TBIs can occur when a pedestrian’s head hits the ground, a vehicle, or another object. Mild TBIs, also called concussions, can require weeks or months of rest and rehabilitation. In more severe cases, victims may develop cognitive or physical limitations that can affect them for life.
Broken Bones. The impact between a 2,000-pound vehicle and a pedestrian can easily result in broken bones. In addition, even if the initial impact does not result in fractures, the secondary impact between the pedestrian and the ground often does.
Broken bones can take months to heal and often require surgery to correct. In addition, in some cases, victims may be left with scars and permanent disfigurement.
Spinal Cord Injuries. Spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord is damaged or severed. Because the spinal cord allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, SCIs can cause extremely serious complications.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries often result in muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, or poor coordination. In complete injuries, victims are typically left paralyzed below the site of the injury.
Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Chicago Can Help
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident and have already been offered a settlement by an insurance company, you may wonder whether it is worth your time to retain an attorney. But a lawyer can help you, even if your case is not contested.
Insurance companies invariably try and settle their cases for as little as possible. Further, they often engage in tactics in an attempt to get claimants to inadvertently admit partial fault for the accident.
An attorney, however, will handle all communication with the insurance company for you This will ensure that you do not say or do anything that will hurt your chances of recovery.
An attorney will thoroughly evaluate your case and determine how much your injuries are worth. For example, while it may seem easy to calculate things like medical expenses and lost income, how do you put a price on your pain and suffering?
A lawyer familiar with Illinois personal injury law can determine what a fair settlement offer would be in your case. In addition, he or she will attempt to negotiate a successful resolution with the insurance company. Finally, if the insurance company refuses to settle, your lawyer may file a lawsuit against the driver that hit you to ensure you recover from your losses.
Call Abels & Annes, P.C. to Speak to a Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
When distracted drivers cause pedestrian accidents, victims have a right to compensation for their losses. For example, this can include medical bills, lost income, lost of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
The Chicago personal injury accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C., are available to analyze the facts of your accident at no cost to you. They will advise you as to how to proceed.
Call our Chicago office today for a free case evaluation with one of our injury attorneys. Call (312) 924-7575, or contact us an email through our online contact form.
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