Thousands of pedestrians are injured every year in traffic accidents. Often these injuries are very serious, as we are dealing with an accident that involves a motor vehicle versus a person. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a pedestrian is injured in an accident every 8 minutes in the United States, and that there is a pedestrian fatality every 113 minutes. In 2007, 4,654 pedestrians were killed and around 70,000 were injured. 171 of those fatalities were here in the State of Illinois, and 49 pedestrian fatalities were in Chicago. Further, it was recently reported by the Illinois Department of Transportation that in 2008 there was a dramatic increase in pedestrian deaths in Chicago, rising to 56 in 2008.
However, you have right. State and local government has stepped up to protect pedestrians and their rights. In 2009, the City of Chicago passed new measures to increase fines for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
The lawyers at ACME Law Offices in Chicago are experienced pedestrian accident attorneys and currently represent several people in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois that have been injured in pedestrian versus automobile accidents. These accidents can happen when drivers not careful in a variety of situations, such as:
- Failing to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks;
- Backing out of parking spaces in parking lots;
- Speeding in residential areas where there are children playing; and
- Turning right on a red light, and not looking for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Pedestrian accidents can result in injuries such as fractures (broken bones) involving surgical repair, head injuries, various back & neck injuries, and death in some cases. We will work to help you make a monetary recovery for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, disfigurement, loss of normal life, and any other losses sustained in the accident.Contact ACME Law Offices today for a free consultation