April 4, 2013

Spring Weather Highlights Importance of Pedestrian Safety in Chicago

by Levin & Perconti

What a beautiful day it is in Chicago, Illinois. It is nearly 60 degrees and sunny out today, which is roughly equivalent to the surface of the sun by Midwestern weather conversion rates, and that means it is time to start getting outside again. Biking and jogging are back, and now is as important a time as any to talk about pedestrian car accidents.

It probably won’t surprise you that three out of four pedestrian fatalities happen in urban areas. For pedestrians, Chicago is more or less just a big cluster of intersections and crosswalks, and this is the most common location for pedestrian collisions. If you live or work in Chicago, you know how hectic traffic can be, and whether it is stress from being late for work, aggressive driving, or paying attention to traffic rather than people, there are many factors that could cause a momentary lapse in concentration.

It’s unfortunate, but sometimes drivers just aren’t looking for bikers and joggers, and this is one of the main reasons why pedestrian accidents leave 70,000 people injured each year. With such a large number of deaths, pedestrians are over-represented in accident data sets, constituting more than 13% of fatalities while making up only 10% of total trips. (WalkingInfo.org)

When the steel frame of a vehicle collides with flesh and bone, the results can be devastating. Our attorneys have helped clients overcome head and neck injuries, paralysis, severe fractures, as well as other injuries associated with pedestrian accidents. These injuries can create nightmare scenarios for victims, in which they are unable to work and earn income while simultaneously accumulating the enormous medical bills that they are forced to take on to recover.

It is important to note that there has been a 23% drop in pedestrian fatalities since 1995, and there is no doubt that the benefits of walking in terms of your overall health likely outweighs the risk of being injured by a vehicle. Our lawyers understand these benefits, and know the positives that come with exercise and relaxation, but our message is simple: Always use caution when you are walking, jogging, or riding a bike in an urban setting. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Chicago is a bustling city with some of the most vibrant outdoor spring and summer activities around. In the midst of this warm weather, we should all take the opportunity to get outside and be active. However, when accidents do happen, it is important to know that you have someone to turn to who is concerned with your needs and wellbeing. If you or someone you know is injured in a pedestrian accident, or has been recently, we may be able to help you.


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