There have been numerous recent Cook County and other Chicago-area pedestrian accidents, some fatal. Two recent fatal pedestrian accidents – one in Chicago Heights and another in Des Plaines – are summarized in the January 3, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “2 pedestrians killed in separate suburban accidents.”
There are many reasons for pedestrian accidents, as discussed in posts on this site. Walking is popular in the Chicago area, yet it often entails risks when done around traffic. This is especially so given the busy roadways and recreational paths in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Many pedestrian accidents are the fault of motorists. While crosswalks are supposed to provide a safe crossing for pedestrians, in many cases crosswalks go unheeded by motorists. Various past statistics show that Chicago pedestrian accidents often happen while people walk in a crosswalk – with the “walk” signal.” As seen in the October 26, 2011 post, titled “City of Chicago Initiative To Highlight Pedestrian Accidents And Pedestrian Safety“:
About 80 percent of vehicle-pedestrian crashes in Chicago occur at intersections and commonly involve people crossing the street with the walk signal, according to a new city study released this summer. The No. 1 cause of the accidents was drivers failing to yield, the analysis found.
In addition to pedestrian accidents that happen due to drivers failing to yield, such accidents can also be caused by driver inattentiveness or distracted motorists.
Other pedestrian accidents are of a “Hit & Run” nature; as well, some don’t even include cars or vehicles, such as when bicyclists hit pedestrians.
While pedestrian accidents have happened for a number of reasons – and in various locations – in Chicago there are a number of intersections that are considered “most dangerous” for pedestrians. These intersections – as well as other commentary regarding Chicago pedestrian safety – are discussed in the October 15, 2014 post titled “10 Most Dangerous Intersections For Pedestrians In Chicago.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published pedestrian safety tips at its “Everyone is a pedestrian” site. Walking safety tips are also provided for children and older adults.
If one is involved in a pedestrian accident, there are many steps that one should take – including getting a thorough medical examination by a qualified medical professional, as well as protecting one’s legal rights and attaining appropriate injury (and other harm) compensation. Often, people choose to retain a qualified personal injury attorney to seek maximum compensation for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident.
If you or someone close to you has suffered an Illinois pedestrian accident – or if someone you care for is killed in such an accident – call Elman Joseph Law Group for a free, no-obligation consultation. Elman Joseph Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury cases over the last 20+ years, and we have concentrated on Illinois personal injury cases involving car accidents, including those involving pedestrians. Through this intense focus, we have achieved notable success in both court verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, can be contacted directly at (773) 392-8182.