Illinois Pedestrian Accident Law, Lawsuits, And Settlements
Walking has wonderful health benefits and offers an environmentally friendly way to get from place to place. Despite the many benefits of walking, walking on the roads comes with some risks. Pedestrians are a risk of serious injury if they are hit by a car or truck. Pedestrians are considered the least protected of all road users, lacking any sort of barrier between themselves and the vehicle that hit them. Any crash involving a car and a pedestrian can have catastrophic consequences for the pedestrian.
JUSTICE FOR INJURED PEDESTRIANS IN CHICAGO
At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago pedestrian accident lawyers understand the tremendous consequences of a pedestrian accident. Injured pedestrians may incur an array of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Injuries stemming from a pedestrian crash can last for weeks, months, or even years. Our law firm strives to see that our injured clients obtain compensation for their numerous damages associated with the crash from the negligent drivers that injured them.
CHICAGO PEDESTRIANS ARE AT RISK OF ACCIDENTS
News sources have recently reported that pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Chicago, for the first time in decades. Data released by the Chicago Police Department reveals that 46 pedestrians died after being struck by vehicles in 2015, which is an increase from the previous year. This significant jump is alarming and has propelled safety organizations and law enforcement officers to examine the cause for the rise in pedestrian accidents. Potential factors contributing to the rise of pedestrian deaths include:
- Aggressive driving: Drivers in Chicago are reported to be driving faster and more recklessly. Job frustration and crowded roads can lead to drivers behaving in an aggressive manner. Aggressive drivers may fail to notice pedestrians crossing or could even lose control of their vehicles due to speed or sudden turns and ram into pedestrians.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving is on the rise nationally and, despite aggressive sanctions and public service messages, drivers in Chicago continue to look at their phones while driving. Texting, emailing, surfing the web, and engaging in social media can all tear a driver’s eyes from the road for the amount of time necessary to cause a serious pedestrian accident.
- More cars on the road: As more Americans move to big cities and the economy continues to climb, there are more cars operating on urban roads. With more cars on the roads, pedestrians are at an increased risk of injury.
Take action if you are injured in a pedestrian crash. Consult with a pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
Contact Our Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Illinois, contact the Chicago Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC. Pedestrian accidents may involve serious and critical injuries that can impact your life considerably.
Our attorneys will fight to see that you achieve the compensation you deserve from the at-fault driver that caused your injuries. Our law firm has achieved over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at (312) 422-0506 or by filling out a free contact form online.