Chicago boasts walking paths, wide sidewalks, and a public transportation system that enables many in the city to walk on a regular basis. Whether a pedestrian walks their entire trip or starts out in a car or on a bus before walking, chances are that most people hit the streets at some point in any given day. Everyone is a pedestrian sometimes, yet drivers do not always respect the rights of those who are walking. When a driver fails to pay attention or otherwise acts in a negligent manner, a collision between a car and a pedestrian may result.
Pedestrian accidents in Chicago are the cause of thousands of injuries every year, many of which require hospitalization or other medical treatment, and some of which claim the lives of the pedestrians involved. The fact remains that when compared to the large, heavy, and dense nature of a car, truck, or van, a pedestrian does not stand much of a chance - the pedestrian usually receives the majority of the force in a collision and is the one most likely to suffer injuries.
When a pedestrian accident occurs and injuries result, though, the pedestrian may have legal recourse to ensure that expenses are covered, including medical and surgical bills, lost wages, and other damages like pain and suffering. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who regularly represents victims of pedestrian collisions in Chicago may help you understand whether you have a valid claim and whether you are entitled to relief.
Unfortunately a tragic accident happened and cost a pedestrian her life on Sunday in the North Austin neighborhood of the city. Police have reported that a 64-year-old woman was walking in a crosswalk along West North Avenue at approximately 9:40 p.m. when a car approached the area, traveling westbound. For reasons that are not yet known, the driver of the car allegedly failed to stop or yield to the woman and instead struck her, causing serious injuries that eventually claimed the woman's life.
The driver of the car involved in the crash then fled the scene, according to police. Leaving the scene of an accident in Illinois is against the law and can lead to serious traffic or criminal charges, especially in the event where someone was injured in the crash and in need of medical assistance. At this time, police have not yet apprehended the individual responsible and are still investigating the incident.