In 2010 alone, there were 2,943 pedestrian accidents in the city of Chicago alone. Across the nation, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in accidents in the same year. These staggering numbers give an indication of how significant of an issue pedestrian-related collisions present to those in Chicago as well as those who walk or drive across the state. There is no simple explanation for why so many collisions occur but officials believe that distracted driving is a significant contributing factor. Often, drivers may pay attention to other cars on the road but they fail to look for pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles as well, leading to an environment where a collision with a pedestrian may occur.
When a pedestrian is involved in an accident, injuries nearly always result. They may range from minor bumps and bruises to broken bones and head injuries to even death in the worst cases. When injuries result from an accident that was caused by a driver’s negligence, an injured pedestrian may be entitled to relief for his or her damages. The surviving family members of a pedestrian who loses his or her life may similarly be entitled to relief. Speaking with a lawyer who handles personal injury cases may help you understand whether you have a valid claim if you have been involved in a crash.
Officials in Chicago were called to the scene of a pedestrian accident in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood on Friday. Around 6:30 p.m., a car collided with a pedestrian in the 2200 block of North Rockwell Street, leaving the pedestrian with critical injuries. The pedestrian, a 61-year-old man, was transported by paramedics to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center but his injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The crash is still under investigation by local authorities who are trying to determine why the car and the pedestrian collided. The driver of the vehicle, a 51-year-old man, received two tickets as a result of the accident but the nature of the tickets is not clear at this time.
A pedestrian accident in Chicago can be caused by a number of factors and it can be difficult to determine who, if anyone, is to blame for a crash. Personal injury lawyers who have experience representing the victims of these collisions may be able to help you understand the legal implications of an accident and what right to relief may exist if you have been hurt.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., our lawyers focus on the rights of accident victims and we have helped many pedestrians receive relief for their injuries after a collision left them hurt. We want to help you recover if you have been hurt by the mistakes of another and we are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you get the relief you deserve. We offer a free consultation to all injury victims who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we provide the consultation without any obligation on the part of the injured victim. Everything discussed will be kept confidential and if we represent you for your accident, we will never charge a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we understand that pedestrian accidents can be devastating and can impact an entire family. That is just one of the reasons that we are standing by now to help you toward the path of recovery if you have been hurt, so call us today and let us help you.
Prior Blog Entry:
SUV Hits Taxi in Chicago, Injuring 4, Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, published May 22, 2014.
Man hit by car in Logan Square dies, Chicago Tribune, published May 24, 2014.