According to reports issued by local authorities, the man was attempting to walk from the right shoulder of the Eisenhower Expressway. As he was crossing the busy highway he was hit by an eastbound Honda. Of course, the size and speed of a moving highway vehicle packs an immense force. Injuries following these sorts of accidents are frequently among the most costly.
The driver of the Honda remained at the scene of the accident until authorities arrived. The crash occurred shortly before 10 p.m., and the man was pronounced dead a half hour later at a nearby hospital. Tragically, the victim in this case was apparently homeless. He had been living in a car on the other side of the expressway.
Of course, walking across a busy expressway filled with speeding cars and trucks is never safe. But, even in other situations, walking travelers are often at risk of deadly run-ins with drivers. It is imperative that all drivers be aware of the possibility of pedestrians darting in front of them at unexpected times. Also, blog readers know that a new law in Illinois requires drivers to stop at all intersections if pedestrians are present, regardless of whether there is a light or stop sign there. Many drivers are still unaware of this law, and police officers continue to ticket those who violate the rule.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti know well the extent of damage caused by road accident in our area on a daily basis. Our Illinois injury attorneys have experience working with victims and their families following these tragedies. Please contact our office for a free consultation if you find yourself in this situation.
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