It wouldn’t be a normal news night in Chicagoland without at least one or two accounts of people seriously injured or killed in pedestrian accidents while walking along our streets and roads. These types of accidents are a rising concern for our attorneys, as well as Chicago citizens and officials due to the fact that the Chicagoland area has such high volumes of both vehicle and pedestrian traffic . This mix poses many dangers to pedestrians who are all but defenseless in a collision with a larger, heavier, faster vehicle.
According to the Kane County Chronicle, a pedestrian suffered personal injuries as the result of being struck by a car recently in the Chicago southwest suburb of Geneva, The 63-year-old victim was crossing the street at the corner of North Frist and West State when she was struck by a car that was attempting to turn left through the crossing. The collision moved her approximately eight to ten feet east of the crosswalk where she was crossing. Police issued the driver a warning notice for her failure to yield to a pedestrian.
Our attorneys stress the gravity of pedestrian accidents because they can often cause life-altering injuries such as broken bones, loss of limbs, etc. In this incidence at hand, according to the same article, the victim here suffered personal injuries including a laceration to the back of her head and left should and leg and lower back injuries. Pedestrian accidents are especially important to address, because even though normal motor vehicle collisions can pose serious personal injuries, pedestrian accidents are even more dangerous because there is no barrier between a vehicle and a human body.
Illinois has laws in place to protect pedestrians in crosswalks, and it is important that motorists abide by these laws to maintain safety and prevent injuries and fatalities to pedestrians. According to Illinois Statute 625 ILCS 5/11-601(a), a vehicle must decrease speed when approaching a crossing in an intersection. The statute elaborates that speed must be decreased to avoid colliding with a person or a vehicle in “compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all person to use due care.” This law elaborates upon what our Chicago accident firm continually stresses: when getting behind the wheel of a car, motorists are accepting a legal responsibility to keep others on the road, drivers and pedestrians alike, safe from preventable harm by being cautious and safe drivers. When a driver fails to do so, they have breached this legal duty of care to others by being the cause of their injuries through driver negligence.
Our lawyers have fought to protect the rights of Illinois pedestrians since our inception in 1992 and we empathize with those who suffer significant personal injuries in these accidents. Not only do victims suffer physical pain, but these injuries are costly in terms of medical bills and lost wages. If you have suffered injuries from a pedestrian accident, call our firm for a free consultation, and our experienced attorneys can discuss your situation with you and your legal options.